Was Brooks Koepka’s performance at the Masters a one-off, or can we expect to see late-2010s Brooks once again?
His dip in results in recent years can partially be attributed to various injuries he’s dealt with. No longer invincible like he seemed when he picked off four majors between 2017-19, Koepka’s confidence was impacted. We saw how down and out he was in Netflix’s “Full Swing.”
Seemingly back in good health, Koepka’s trended back upward. He’s still inconsistent and unfocused most non-major weeks, though he did win in April at LIV Golf Orlando.
That win the week before Augusta National was what had some wondering if he was “back,” so to speak. His T-2nd finish at the Masters showed he’s capable of throwing his hat in the ring at trying to land major No. 5. A green jacket would have had him just an Open Championship win away from the career Grand Slam.
While Koepka stumbled on Sunday, it took a solid performance from world No. 1 Jon Rahm to usurp the 54-hole leader.
Not only does Koepka have four major wins, but the total could easily be north of a half dozen. The Florida State alum owns 17 top-10s in 35 starts. After missing the cut in his first two majors, he’s missed just three more the rest of his career.
A reason for his success is he’s cracked the formula of succeeding at tough venues. He’s long enough, and usually straight enough, to separate from the field off the tee.
When he’s on, Koepka’s hitting tons of greens and managing his misses well. He doesn’t have the prettiest short game or putting stroke, but both are effective.
Koepka can be petty, so it’d make sense that he’ll come to Oak Hill motivated to continue to show he’s not just an exhibition golfer playing on LIV.