Brooks Koepka is now the No. 1 golfer in the world, rising to the top of the rankings following his win at the PGA Championship this weekend. The 29-year-old golfer now has four major championships, winning the PGA and the U.S. Open in back-to-back years.
Koepka somewhat came out of nowhere, though the dominant golfer has long believed he was capable of this.
The Tiger Woods-esque domination of this weekend’s event – he led from start to finish and the lead was only in doubt for a couple of holes late on Sunday – is something he’s been aiming for.
In fact, a couple of years ago, Koepka told one of his former coaches that this would happen.
“I’m stronger than Tiger is. I’m longer, I hit it straighter, I have a better short game than he does & I putt it better. How is Tiger ever going to beat me?”
4 yrs ago Brooks Koepka told the Florida St. assist coach who recruited him: "I'm stronger than Tiger is. I'm longer, I hit it straighter, I have a better short game than he does & I putt it better. How is Tiger ever going to beat me?"
— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) May 19, 2019
Of course, Tiger beat him at The Masters, though it was no competition this weekend.
Woods and Koepka were paired together for the first two rounds of the tournament. Koepka was 17 strokes better over those two rounds.
Hopefully we’ll see a better version of Tiger at the U.S. Open, where Koepka will be the major favorite.