Koepka, who has the same swing coach as Johnson, Claude Harmon III, and who often works out with DJ in Jupiter, Fla., used the term “chill” to describe his mood all week in the biggest ball park in U.S. Open history.
This has been quite the confidence-building experience for the 20 year-old who plays at Texas.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). Brooks Koepka walks away with the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. “For us, it was like two minutes”. He had been on the road for so long, in so many different countries, and was feeling lonely.
This is more like it for Jordan Spieth at a major. “I’d like to get a map and just look at all the places I’ve won”.
Koepka became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it is the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans have won their national championship three straight years. “He was giving the other person he was playing against strength, he was losing energy, and he worked on it”.
Upon getting out of Florida State, he was without a card on any tour, so went onto the Challenge Tour, which is Europe’s version of the Web.com Tour. Much to the surprise of most, Olympic champion and Masters runner-up Justin Rose was one of the 12 to bow out early, missing the cut by a solitary shot.
He won that tournament, made it to the regular European Tour, and then made it home to the PGA Tour. “But, of course, it’ll be nice to go there in form and having contended in a major for the first time”. I tried not to get ahead of myself and stay in the moment. “It wasn’t a hard decision”.
Along the way, Koepka has won titles in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Scotland and Japan.
This makes two on the PGA Tour, and it was a big one.
“I just felt like I should be winning more”.
“I learned a lot this week”, Matsuyama said. “But it made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot five under”.
Koepka can’t count the miles he traveled after leaving Florida State, but he wouldn’t trade the path that led him to a major championship at age 27.
Some of the loudest cheers at the U.S. Open were reserved for a guy who never really challenged the leaders. “It was a long phone call”, he said.
“If I could do it over again, I’d play baseball-100%, no doubt”, he told Golf Digest in 2015.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.
“I just didn’t have it today”, said Thomas, who is part of the Jupiter crowd that plays together, a group that includes Koepka, Johnson and Fowler.
The second career-changer was Koepka’s debut last fall at the Ryder Cup.
And that’s been it in the big leagues, though he has done well enough to make the Ryder Cup team previous year (going 3-1-0 in his matches).
Snedeker’s favorite memory from that week came during the Saturday foursomes session.
“When he started I couldn’t hit it and I was missing cuts for fun”.
“I loved this course as soon as I saw it”. We started laughing hysterically, and we somehow halved the hole.
“I mean there’s probably not that much that’s that interesting, to be honest”. It never left the pin. “I just felt like I should be winning more”.
It was only fitting that Koepka left Erin Hills with yet another record matched or broken.
One shot behind Brian Harman, Koepka turned what was a tight race into a laugher, running off three birdies in a row on Nos.
Koepka finished at 16-under 272, matching the lowest score to par first set by Rory McIlroy six years ago at Congressional.
“To see how calm and cool and relaxed he was …” he said, “I give him all the credit in the world for that attitude change”.
Yes, both of them, neither to be mistaken with anything Tiger Woods has done over the years.
“To go over there, I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere”, he said. But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game.