Koepka ready for challenge
20 July, 2017, 12:00 am
FOR Brooks Koepka to reprise his US Open win at Royal Birkdale on Sunday he must overturn the recent golf orthodoxy that says majors only go to those who have never won one before.
Since the demise of Tiger Woods, and more recently Rory McIlroy, the last seven majors have seen first-time winners, including Koepka himself at Erin Hills in June, when he kept the coolest of heads for a 16-under total that tied McIlroy’s record for lowest score in relation to par at the tournament.
You have to go back two years to Zach Johnson’s British Open triumph at Saint Andrews, which came eight years after his 2007 Masters triumph.
Since then Jason Day, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker and Sergio Garcia have all proved one-hit wonders —— so far —— with Koepka seeking to avoid their fate.
Four-time major winner McIlroy, who last triumphed at the 2014 US PGA, predicts the era of the dominant force is over.
“Yeah, I agree with Rory,” said Koepka, whose only other PGA Tour win was at the 2015 Phoenix Open. “You look at how many good players there are. You look at how it was at Erin Hills.”