Brooks Koepka has developed from “that guy who played in Europe” – which you still hear announcers talk about – to “full-fledged star” this year. Funny how winning a major title so decisively will do that, isn’t it?
But seriously, Koepka’s path has been unique, but what it shouldn’t be is surprising to anybody. He took the path less traveled, but that’s helped mold him into the week-in, week-out contender he is today.
There are sure to be those out there who wonder if his triumph at the U.S. Open was just a flash in the pan. He’s run off four straight top-20 finishes since then, including both the Open and the PGA Championship. It’s a spectacular run, but it doesn’t look like one that will come to a sudden stop, either.
Koepka doesn’t have a stellar record in the opening event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He missed the Barclays cut in 2015, then finished in 70th place last season. If there’s anybody out there who’s probably happy to be switching courses again, it would be Koepka.
There’s too much good going on with Koepka to ignore it right now. I’m riding the hot hand with this pick, but it’s not exactly a limb I expect to be going out on alone. Let’s sit back and enjoy the show.