Today in the city Gallup 25.06.2019

Brooks Koepka aims for US Open history on journey to golf’s upper echelon

A third consecutive title is within reach for the man to beat at Pebble Beach after an unconventional route to the topRory McIlroy’s quartet of major triumphs between 2011 and 2014 hinted at separation from the rest of the world’s leading contenders. After Jordan Spieth claimed three of the big four titles between 2015 and 2017, golf had a new hero. The question of what should make Brooks Koepka different from those who have enjoyed recent spells of domination shows just how transient the sport’s upper echelon can be.Koepka arrived at this US Open with the extraordinary record of four major wins from his last eight starts. Since the start of 2017, his combined majors aggregate of 54 under par beats the next best player, Spieth, by 21 shots. If Koepka prevails at Pebble Beach, he will become only the second player in history – and first since 1905 – to win three US Opens in a row. All of this while holding only a decent regular tour CV and wearing more chips than a Blackpool Prom pavement on a Sunday morning. By Koepka’s own admission, a sense of grievance, relating to a perceived lack of credit, drives him on. Continue reading...

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