I TOLD Y'ALL. I TOLD YOU BROOKS WAS GONNA WIN THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. I TOLD YOU GUYS LAST WEEK AND WHAT'D HE DO? WENT WIRE-TO-WIRE AND WON THE DARN THING.
I love being right.
Brooks Koepka is having a Tiger-esque run in his early career and it's really fun to watch, especially with the fact that Brooks doesn't have the ~*star attitude*~ that the media and the fans want him to have. He's not extremely well-liked, and he doesn't really care. He's admitted that he gets bored when playing tournaments. To most people he's just a quiet, long-driving, major-winning robot.
A possible secret to his success? Brooks literally psyches out his opponents. In his interview before this weekend's tournament, Brooks said that he thinks that sometimes the majors are the easiest tournaments to win because 1) he's good and 2) he doesn't crack under pressure:
"There's 156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I'm just going to beat," Koepka said. "You figure about half of them won't play well from there, so you're down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just - pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you've just got to beat those guys."
And beat them he did. He's now the only player in history to win two different majors back-to-back, and he's lofted himself back to the #1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
But he's human too. On Sunday, after a string of bogeys on the back nine and Dustin Johnson chasing, it looked for a moment as if Brooks would be the only player in history ever to lose after having a 7 stroke lead. And, with the tournament being in New York, the fans were absolutely crushing him, booing him, chanting "DJ" and yelling comments about his girlfriend. However, DJ caught the bogey bug, and after his win, Brooks took the fan criticism in stride, saying “It’s New York, what do you expect when you’re half choking it away?”
(Side note: poor Dustin Johnson. Two 2nd place finishes in the two majors this year has gotta hurt everything but his wallet. DJ was the only player to be under par in every round this weekend and still lost.)
Moral of the story: if you don't like Brooks, you're gonna need to get over it soon, because he doesn't appear to be going anywhere.