Brooks Was Here: Koepka Dominates Back Nine
Brooks Koepka is about to become a household name. It’s a shame it took this long because he’s been a rising star for quite some time on the PGA Tour. But the calm, cool demeanor that Koepka shows off does not usually make for fan favorites. This guy should be near the top of the list. He drives the ball better than most, he is a stone cold assassin on the greens and no Par 5 is out of reach in two for Koepka. U.S. Open produces another first-time winner, and Brooks is ready for the big state as this will serve like a launching pad for his career.
Even though Justin Thomas going low with a 63 on Saturday is impressive and a feat we won’t see done in many U.S. Open, Koepka’s back nine will be the memory from this tournament. No rule officials getting in the way of this one as the Florida State product made three straight birdies in a row including one on 15th which played the hardest all day. He could have easily waiver in those moments knowing that Hideki Matsuyama was in the clubhouse with a -12, yet Koepka continued to persevere. The putt on 16th was when we all knew he would be taking home the U.S. Open crown.
This is just the beginning for Koepka. For a guy that works out with Dustin Johnson on the regular, it’s not an outlandish to take to think Koepka can golf right with DJ. I don’t think those guys would want to go at, but Brooks could certainly handle the pressure of playing against Johnson, Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth. He’s fearless and can really make any golf shot on the course. He’s a great fit for Erin Hills, the longest course ever in U.S. Open, as one of the longest hitters in the game.
The crazy thing about the 27-year-old golfer is he could easily contend in the Open Championship. Not many have the same background as Koepka who won five times in European Tour before heading out to America. The Open might not be as friendly with Royal Birkdale putting up +3 and -1 for the tournament winners in years past.