Brooks Koepka is Golf's Biggest Badass

Alex Myers discusses Brooks Koepka's wire-to-wire win at Bethpage Black and puts his major championship dominance in historical context.

Released on 5/20/2019

Transcript

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So Brooks Koepka won a major championship, again.
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If it seems like that's been happening a lot lately,
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that's because it has- at a historical rate in fact.
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Koepka's victory at Bethpage Black made it back-to-back
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PGA Championships to go along
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with the back-to-back US Open titles he has.
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He's the only golfer to simultaneously
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be a two-time defending champ in two different majors,
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and he joins Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Tiger Woods
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as the only golfers to ever win four times
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in an eight major stretch.
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Heady company for the 29-year-old who is doing bicep curls
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with golf's record book right now.
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Speaking of Tiger, Koepka kicked his butt
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all around Bethpage Black while playing
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with him in the first two days.
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Koepka could have given Woods four shots aside
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and still beaten him as he sent the big cat
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back to his big yacht early.
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But Brook's best friend on tour, Dustin Johnson,
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turned out to be his closest competition-
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at least his best friend for now.
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I'm not sure how much longer DJ,
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who remains stuck on one major title,
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can stand watching his younger bud
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blow by him in the biggest events.
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Afterward, Johnson was asked who the best player
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in the world is, and he said,
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I'm pretty sure I'm still ranked number one,
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so I pick myself.
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Who wants to tell him?
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Back to Brooks, early in the week,
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Koepka claimed it was easier for him to win majors
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than regular PGA tour events
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because the tougher setups and pressure
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eliminate most of the feel.
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Considering he has four majors
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and just two other tour titles,
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I think he's onto something there.
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The dude is so focused at majors that he even denied
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his girlfriend, Jena Sims, a kiss
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before teeing off on Sunday- twice.
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Don't worry, she got some quality smooches later.
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This major championship machine also showed he was human
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by hopping on a back nine bogie train
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but thankfully the only final round disaster
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was the media center running out of Chocotacos.
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Okay, so not thankfully, that was rough.
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Hopefully Brooks filled up the gigantic Wanamaker trophy
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with ice cream and just went to town.
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Remember when everyone was freaking out
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about him losing weight on that diet?
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Talk about the most overblown storyline of the year.
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But you can't overstate how impressive Koepka's
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quick four major wins are.
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In less than two years, Brooks has won as many majors
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as Ernie Els in his entire hall-of-fame career.
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He's 80 percent of the way to Phil Mickelson's total.
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He's got 2/3 of the majors of legends,
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like Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo,
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and he's more than half the way
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to Arnold Palmer's seven titles.
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Here's another fact.
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On May 10th, 2017, Brooks had zero majors
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when I made a hole-in-one on a replica
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of TPC Sawgrass's seventeenth hole with him watching.
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And on May 19th, 2019, he now has four majors, coincidence?
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Yeah, it's a coincidence.
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Although maybe, maybe, Brooks was inspired
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to work on his short game that day.
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If so, happy to help, Brooks,
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and if you do happen to fill the Wanamaker trophy
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with ice cream, I'd be happy to help with that as well.
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