Brooks Koepka Continues Majors Hot Streak with win at PGA

Back to back US Open Championships and now back to back PGA Championships, Brooks Koepka is on top of the golf world.  Though his Sunday round at Bethpage was scary, he still held off Dustin Johnson for the two stroke win. 

He began the round with a comfortable seven shot lead over Harold Varner II, Jazz Janewattananond, Luke List, and Dustin Johnson.  Coming into the round at -12 and the nearest competitor at -5, Brooks had all the confidence in the world.

Koepka’s wire to wire win gave him his fourth major title in the past two years and vaulted him to number one in the world golf rankings.  Koepka nearly won the Masters this year but ended up losing to Tiger Woods by one stroke. 

It is a bit concerning to see that he’s struggled a lot in the final round of the past two majors and luckily for him, he was able to hang on to the win.  Had he lost this PGA Championship, we’d be having a very different conversation.  If he choked away another major title, we’d perhaps wonder if he was a one hit wonder.  However; the stars aligned for  his fourth major.

It’ll be interesting to see how he’ll play at the Open Championship in Northern Ireland come July.  Koepka loves to play the ball high which isn’t how you win the Open.  Last year at Carnoustie, Brooks Koepka was a +2 T39.  He’ll get away with the high ball flight at Pebble Beach in June for the US Open, but if he wants to get close to “GOAT” talk, he’ll have to win in Europe. 

There is no doubt that Brooks Koepka is the best golfer right now.  He has a knack for showing up when it matters.  So for now, appreciate what you’re seeing out of Brooks Koepka.  He may not be the next Tiger but he just might be the next dominate golfer that the game desperately needs.

– Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)

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