Cool, Calm, Collected, and Dominant: Brooks Koepka

Cool, Calm, Collected, and Dominant: Brooks Koepka

Chris Urban, Editor

Brooks Koepka wins his second straight PGA Championship despite tying worst final round by a PGA champ at +4. In other words, Koepka dominated the field rounds 1-3 to the point where a score of +4 in the final round earned him a -8 on the tournament and a margin of -2 to win the Championship over ascending Dustin Johnson (-6). After day 3 Koepka was sitting at -12 while the next closest competitor (Harold Varner III) was at -5. Despite recording four bogeys in a row in the final round, Brooks has been the most consistent, and best, golfer in the world. With the Tiger Woods hype put to rest after getting cut after two days (+5), Koepka’s dominance is really what we should be talking about in the golf world.

At a press conference on Tuesday after the PGA Championship, Koepka explained why winning majors is easier then regular tournaments. “One hundred fifty-six in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I’m just going to beat,” he said. “From there, the other — 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.”

A master of dealing with pressure, Koepka at 29 years old has four major titles and is tied 20th all time with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, and Raymond Floyd. He has won four of the last eight major titles. Playing incredibly good golf now, it seems that Brooks is unstoppable in PGA play. Koepka joined Tiger Woods as the only golfers to win the PGA Championship in consecutive years, since it became a stroke play event in 1958. He is also the first two-time winner since Rory McIlroy in 2014.

So the question many are asking is if Brooks is going to win more titles before Tiger Wood’s reign is over.

Jason Day, who tied for 23rd, said in reference to Tiger Woods. “Tiger is really the only guy. Brooks is starting to put himself in that category, but really, there’s only a few guys that when they’re at the top of the leaderboard, you can’t catch them. If Brooks keeps doing what he’s doing, then definitely it will have impact on all of us.”

Koepka is the first golfer to simultaneously hold back-to-back titles at two majors. Tiger Woods has never done it. Jack Nicklaus has never done it. Arnold Palmer has never done it. None of golf’s all-time best have achieved the rare feat. Koepka’s 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open wins and 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship victories make this record belong exclusively to him. This is after nearly winning the Masters in April, which would have given him three consecutive major victories.

His first 36 holes were record-breaking. Koepka’s red-hot first two rounds set the framework for his march to victory. He shot a 128 (63, 65) on Thursday and Friday for the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history. His seven-stroke lead at the conclusion of the second round also set a record for the largest lead in PGA Championship hole through the first 36 holes. It was also the largest at the halfway point of any major since the 1934 British Open. While it never came to fruition, Koepka’s first two rounds set him to break the PGA Championship aggregate score record of 264, set by Koepka himself last year.


Brooks even caught the attention of New York Giants superstar running back Saquon Barkley