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SportOpinion: Brooks Koepka deserves more recognition for the way he has dominated golf world

17:35  20 may  2019
17:35  20 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

He calls himself a 'regular person,' but Brooks Koepka is golf's budding superstar

He calls himself a 'regular person,' but Brooks Koepka is golf's budding superstar DALLAS - Brooks Koepka grew up in the Tiger Woods heyday. Woods' greatness attracted Koepka to golf, and he's now seen first-hand just how much of an impact Woods has on the sport. "I would say 99% of the people that show up when he's playing are there to see him," Koepka said. That's probably not too far-fetched. Like every sport, golf needs superstars and Woods fits that label better than anyone on the PGA Tour. But the sport needs more than just Woods, and Koepka is a budding superstar in his own right. He's the No. 3-ranked player in the world, by far the highest-ranked player in this week's AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club.

More Opinion : Brooks Koepka shows in PGA Championship win he 's one of golf 's top alpha dogs. He often is so unemotional and methodical and Popeye-strong that he seems more like a golf robot But, sports fans, that has to stop, because Koepka just turned 29 and he ’s going to be around for a

CLOSE SportsPulse: Golfweek's David Dusek was on hand when Brooks Koepka secured his second straight PGA Championship and describes the FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Can we please pause for a moment to appreciate Brooks Koepka ? No, really. You must. I don’t care if he ’s not Tiger Woods.

Opinion: Brooks Koepka deserves more recognition for the way he has dominated golf world© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Brooks Koepka celebrates after winning the PGA Championship.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Can we please pause for a moment to appreciate Brooks Koepka? No, really. You must. I don’t care if he’s not Tiger Woods. This is history in the making, right in front of our eyes.

By holding on by the skin of his teeth to win the PGA Championship on Sunday, Koepka is the first man ever to hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time. He won his fourth major in his last eight tries over just 23 months, rising to world No. 1 in the process. He led this one wire-to-wire, from Thursday morning to Sunday evening. In his first two rounds, he beat Tiger by 17 shots over just 36 holes.

Jim Nantz backs Brooks Koepka before PGA Championship, compares him to Tiger Woods

Jim Nantz backs Brooks Koepka before PGA Championship, compares him to Tiger Woods Jim Nantz backs Brooks Koepka before PGA Championship, compares him to Tiger Woods

More Opinion : Brooks Koepka shows in PGA Championship win he ’s one of golf ’s top alpha dogs. There was more . Koepka was tested again after an ugly three-putt bogey on the 17th hole dropped But, sports fans, that has to stop, because Koepka just turned 29 and he ’s going to be around for a.

GIVE HIM PROPS: Koepka deserves more recognition for way he has dominated golf . Tiger Woods watches one of his shots during the final round of the 2018 Memorial at Muirfield Village. Photo: Joe Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports. The hype that followed his emotional Masters victory fell flat in the

Do I need to say more? I can. He could have, and probably should have, won last month’s Masters. Tiger’s victory was majestic, but Koepka made it possible with his double bogey into Rae’s Creek on the par-3 12th and missed putts of 13 feet and 8 feet on the final two holes, losing to Tiger by one.

Or, how about this? In the midst of a fickle, whipping wind, he nearly squandered the biggest lead in the history of men’s professional golf Sunday evening — but then he didn’t. Reeling from four consecutive late bogeys Sunday that dropped his once insurmountable seven-shot lead to just one over a charging Dustin Johnson with only four holes to play, Koepka immediately steadied his nerves and built the lead back to three shots after consecutive bogeys by Johnson.

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Golf world reacts to Brooks Koepka dominating first round of 2019 PGA Championship Brooks Koepka got his title defense off to a smashing start Thursday with an opening-round 63 during the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. 

Brooks Koepka 's second shot on the final hole of the PGA Championship on Sunday was arguably the biggest shot of the tournament. All of the focus should have been on that and not some interview that could have aired after. APPRECIATE KOEPKA : He deserves more recognition for the way he has

And Koepka has certainly played some golf this year — damn near perfect golf . Koepka , known for his steely demeanor and booming drives on the course, has entered 18 events and made the cut in 17. He has three wins on the year, including another major championship at this year’s PGA Championship.

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There was more. Koepka was tested again after an ugly three-putt bogey on the 17th hole dropped his lead to two shots with one hole to play. And again, when he pulled his final drive onto a downslope beside a fairway bunker in the midst of Bethpage Black’s tall, wispy grass. Scrambling to the end, he gave himself a 6-foot putt for par, which he made, accentuated with a ferocious fist pump of both triumph and relief.

“I’m just glad we didn’t have to play any more holes,” he said in his victory ceremony, and at that moment, he seemed about as vulnerable as he has been over the past two years.

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Brooks Koepka is dominating the golf world , and we should pause a moment to appreciate what he 's doing. → Read More . Opinion : Brooks Koepka 's competitors couldn't put a dent in his lead on moving day at PGA. For those players chasing Brooks Koepka , who is just 18 holes away from

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in dominating fashion, pulling away from the field on the back-9 on Sunday and That Koepka was able to make so many birdies at a U.S. Open is unusual, but it was also not surprising considering how many opportunities he gave himself on the Erin Hills golf course.

He often is so unemotional and methodical and Popeye-strong that he seems more like a golf robot than a real human, which makes him difficult to relate to and therefore easy to under-appreciate.

But, sports fans, that has to stop, because Koepka just turned 29 and he’s going to be around for a very long time and you’re going to have to get used to seeing this calm, confident, uber-talented golfer dominate his game.

You might even find that you like him. When things were at their worst on the back nine, he heard his raucous gallery start chanting “D.J., D.J.,” in honor of Johnson’s surge. Golfers aren’t used to having fans chant about anyone, much less a player two groups in front of them. But Koepka said he not only didn’t mind, he used it to snap out of his slump and get back on track.

“It’s New York,” he said. “What do you expect when you’re half choking it away?”

Koepka said Saturday night that he is “pretty flatlined most of the time, as you can tell.” But the stress took its toll Sunday, he admitted. “The conditions from today — I challenge anyone to go out and play in these conditions. It was brutal.”

Opinion: Brooks Koepka's competitors couldn't put a dent in his lead on moving day at PGA

Opinion: Brooks Koepka's competitors couldn't put a dent in his lead on moving day at PGA For those players chasing Brooks Koepka, who is just 18 holes away from winning his fourth major in his last eight attempts, it was a wasted day. Adam Scott, we’re talking about you. Scott started the day in the second-to-last group at five-under par after firing a 64 Friday. He wasn’t going to do that again, but if he had, he would be just one stroke off the lead. Instead, Scott shot a two-over 72, and fell even further behind Koepka, who fired an even-par 70 Saturday. And Jordan Spieth, we’re talking about you, too.

Brooks Koepka went into this United States Open, his fifth, with one PGA Tour With his laid-back demeanor and long-hitting dexterity, Koepka has much in common with last year’s champion And none of those top 16 had won a major. The course, too, was gracing the big stage for the first time.

Brooks Koepka has played the game around the world throughout his young career on the PGA TOUR, and it’s where he has been that has molded him to become the

His honesty is admirable. “I don’t need a sports psychologist. I’m pretty good at it. I know what I’m doing. It’s simpler than what guys think. Guys make the mistake of trying to figure out, when they get to a major, what’s going on, what’s different. It’s not. It’s just focus. It’s grind it out, suck it up and move on.”

Koepka said that on Saturday and then did exactly that on Sunday.

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