With a runner-up finish and a win in the first two majors, it’s hard not to give Brooks Koepka the nod for the No. 1 spot.
His win at the PGA Championship gave him five career major championships. Two of them are at this very tournament he’s playing this week, the U.S. Open.
Koepka was the champion in 2017 at Erin Hills and repeated in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills.
The 33-year-old is looking to join the likes of Nick Faldo, Phil Mickelson, and Lee Trevino in the six-major club.
Koepka comes to Los Angeles Country Club well-rested. His last start was three weeks ago at LIV DC where he managed a 14th-place finish despite being admittedly hungover from celebrating his win at Oak Hill.
The Florida State alum’s career in the majors shows 32 made cuts in 37 starts. Two of those missed cuts were in his first two starts. Koepka’s major tally could easily be higher as he has finished in second place four times and top-five five more times.
The win at Oak Hill was his first major in four years. Injuries and some self-confidence issues put a temporary halt to his historic run.
It was an emotional win and one that appears to give him the confidence to potentially peel off more majors.
Koepka has proven to thrive at long golf courses with narrow fairways and thick rough. That’s not the case this week.
L.A.C.C. has fairly wide fairways and corridors to play from. It expects to be firm and fast.
While Koepka hasn’t won the Masters, he’s played well at Augusta National. He’s made six of eight cuts there with two T-2nds and a T-7th.
ANGC and L.A.C.C. are decent course comparisons. Koepka will have to use a little more creativity to get around this week, but he’s shown he’s capable of at least contending in a scenario like this.