He's Ready for the Open Championship
Brooks Koepka, the pride of Palm Beach and Florida State University, has reached the World No.1 golf ranking on the strength of winning four major championships (2017 and 2018 US Opens, 2018 and 2019 PGA Championships) since 2017. He is only the second Florida native to reach the top spot and the first since Jacksonville’s David Duval did it in 1999. Although he couldn’t three peat at the 2019 US Open he is raring to start another streak at this weeks Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
He is the first golfer in history to win back-to-back major championships simultaneously. Koepka is also the first linebacker to win majors. He is the Dick Butkus of golf. The combination of brutish physical strength, a powerful and accurate golf swing, a deft touch around the greens, a swaggering confidence and a relentless drive makes Koepka a force to reckon with every time he tees it up. Like Butkus, Koepka just hunts down his opponents and bends them to his will.
Not only is he unapologetic on the golf course he will tell you how it is off it too. “I’m lucky in that I’m physically gifted a lot more than other people and I’m a lot stronger than other guys mentally and physically,” said Koepka then adding for effect “I don’t feel there is anybody out there with more confidence than me.”
While Tiger Woods ushered in the era of fitness training in golf in the late 1990‘s, Koepka and the generation that followed has taken it to a new level. At 6 feet tall and a very solid 205 pounds Koepka is an imposing physical specimen that announces he is now here to kick ass and take names as he struts around the golf course.
Although Koepka has won twice on the PGA TOUR and five times on the European Tour it is golf’s major championships that have defined his career so far. “For some reason, I can really tune in in the majors and I have no idea why. They really get my attention,” he said when asked about his relative lack of success in the run-of-the-mill tour events.
As Koepka prepares for this weeks Open Championship he can draw on his years playing the European Tour and it’s many links course venues but he also brings his inner Dick Butkus with him.
“ I think the majors are sometimes the easiest ones to win. You’ve got 156 players in the field so you figure 80 of them I’m just going to beat,” explains Koepka. “You figure about half of them won’t play well from there so now your down to about 35. And then from 35, well some of them- the pressure will just get to them. It only leaves you and a few more and you just have to beat them.”
Sounds simple Brooks. Go get them.