Brooks Koepka’s US Open wins
It’s only happened once before, but Brooks Koepka could be the second-ever golfer to win a hat-trick of consecutive US Open titles. The 28-year-old American could potentially match Willie Anderson’s record from 1905 with victory at Pebble Beach in 2019. Of course, it’ll be one of the most amazing feats in modern-day golf if he can pull it off, but Koepka will know just how tough it’ll be.
Some of the world’s best golfers will be jostling for Koepka’s crown and you can check out the US Open 2019 golf odds right here, with Dustin Johnson the current favourite (11/1). Koepka will need to call upon all his skills and talents to ensure he has every chance possible, and could even reflect upon his past experiences during the tournament. Ahead of the second major in June, we take a look back through Koepka’s previous wins; starting at Erin Hills.
2017 US Open
It was fifth time lucky for Koepka during the 2017 US Open, but there was very little luck involved when it came to navigating Erin Hills golf course. The West Palm Beach native equalled the lowest-ever score recorded at the Open, matching Rory McIlroy’s record from 2011 on 16 under par.
During the final round, Koepka made three successive birdies from the 14th which put him on course for his first-ever major win. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama was the only player to post a lower score than Koepka during the final round (66), but he kept his nerve and never really looked like dropping out of top spot.
“That’s about the best I’ve ever played,” he said after posting a five-under 67 to top left-hander Brian Harman and Japanese sensation Matsuyama by four shots. “I was striking it unbelievably, my speed control [on the greens] was great, and I was flighting the ball.”
2018 US Open
Last year’s victory meant Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange (1988, 1989) to win consecutive US Open titles, but Tommy Fleetwood nearly stole the glory for himself. The unfancied Brit manufactured a late charge on the final day but ultimately, lost out by one stroke as Koepka finished on 68 for a total of 281.
World number one Dustin Johnson came third after shooting a final round 70, with Justin Rose coming in fourth, but it was Koepka’s composure and coolness under pressure which saw him taste glory. Throughout the tournament, Koepka demonstrated his worth with his extensive drives and brilliance at putting, including an 11-foot putt on the twelfth. It was a deserved victory for Koepka who had previously been struggling with a wrist injury.
“This is incredible. I don’t think I could have dreamed of going back-to-back. It’s truly special and I am honoured,” Koepka told BBC Sport.
“I always felt like I had a chance. I was never out of it. I just needed to keep grinding. I knew the conditions would ease up a bit and I took advantage of it.”
US Open 2019 – leading favourites
Dustin Johnson 11/1
Rory McIlroy 12/1
Tiger Woods 15/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Brooks Koepka 18/1
Justin Thomas 18/1.
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