Brooks Koepka is the most Underrated Player in Golf
Going into every PGA major (or any big tournament for that matter) people always ask the same questions: Will Tiger finally get a win? Will Rory ever return to form? Will Dustin Johnson continue his dominance? etc, etc. Of all the questions asked, it seems that no one ever talks about Brooks Koepka. Not only should this man be talked about, he’s arguably the most underrated golfer on tour. Koepka may not be a household name for the casual fan, but it seems like every major, he’s right there.
Not only did he win the PGA Championship this past weekend with a course-tying score, he’s also won the last two US Opens. Now you may be thinking, “Well three majors is pretty good, but is that all?” Funny you should ask. Even when Koepka isn’t winning majors, his name is always up on the leaderboard. In the seven majors before his first major win in 2017, he finished inside the top 25. He’s only missed the cut twice at majors, and those were his first two majors ever (2012 US Open and 2013 Open Championship). For his career, he has 8 major top 10s and 6 top 5s. Not bad for someone who’s 28 and has only played in 20 majors.
But what about non-majors? Well, he only has one career non-major win on the PGA tour (2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open). But even in those tournaments, he’s the model of consistency. Just this year, he has 11 cuts, 7 top 25s, 5 top 10s, and two second place finishes, all in 13 tournaments. His consistent success puts him third in the FedExCup standings, behind only Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. So whenever there’s a tournament happening in the PGA, don’t just think of Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods or Justin Thomas or Jordan Spieth. Think of Brooks Koepka. Because he very well may win the whole thing.
-Stephen Brown III (@sbtrey23)