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