Is Brooks Koepka the most underrated golfer?

Some of you may ask – who’s Brooks Koepka? Where has he been all this time? Well, let me tell you a little secret…. Brooks Koepka is the new World No.1 and has won 12 times worldwide! He has won 2 of the 4 Majors in 2018 with a total of 3 Majors in his last 6 played – I don’t know about you but that is an outrageous winning % in Major Championships!!

Nonetheless, all you hear about in the media is the rise of Tiger Woods, and is he ‘back’? Will Dustin Johnston or Speith or Thomas win the next event? Will Rory return to form? Or rather more light heartedly, when will Phil the Thrill start his own dance classes?!

 

Anyway back to Koepka, see how easy it is to get sucked in by all these other big names?! Brooks Koepka is arguably one of the most underrated players currently on the PGA Tour! With back to back US Open wins and 3 Majors in his last 6 attempts you’d think you would see him all over the media, but sadly that is not the case. In Koepka’s Major history he has only ever missed 2 cuts out of 20, yes 2!! AND they were his first two Major tournaments.

Brooks is known for his athletic build and powerful drives, with his longest drive this season at a whopping 411 yards!! That’s longer than most of the Par 4s us regular golfers play – the team at Shot Scope know this, as we map every course on our system! Shot Scope V2 automatically tracks every shot you hit on the course, find out if you can smash one as far Brooks with Shot Scope V2.

 

With a 2018 scoring average of 69.4 (ranks 9th) we should all expect to see Brooks challenging in every tournament he plays. Scoring average combined with his ball striking is why Brooks is ever consistent in non-majors too. This season he has made 16/18 cuts, with 2 runners up placings and 6 top 10s. With his recent CJ Cup win (12th win worldwide) Brooks is now the Official World Golf No. 1!

After all his (rather unheard of) success it seems fitting for Brooks to be awarded 2018 Player of the Year! Congratulations Brooks! It is also nice to see the likes of Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson congratulating Brooks on his title! The camaraderie and sportsmanship within the golfing world is unique to golf.

True Test at Troon

The Open, the oldest major in golf, is set to be held at Royal Troon this week. The championship length is 7,190 yards and is a par 71. The course is host to deceivingly tight fairways, wispy long grass, gorse and tricky pot hole bunkers.

Most people describe Royal Troon as a game of two halves. The front nine gives the impression it is wide open with its lack of trees or gorse but the fairways are lined with tall wispy rough and perfectly placed bunkers to collect any off line tee shot. The back nine on the other hand has more gorse lined fairways especially in the loop 9th, 10th 11th and 12th. There are less bunkers on the back nine 36 bunkers to be exact, versus the 60 bunkers that defend the front nine.

Royal Troon’s most famous hole is the par 3 Postage Stamp. It is the shortest hole in championship golf at a mere 123 yards, but don’t let its length fool you. The tee box is raised above the green making it very open to the elements. If the wind is coming straight off the Firth of Clyde the hole suddenly becomes longer. You have to carry your shot over a grassy gully onto a long but very narrow green. The green is surrounded by five bunkers, one that is rightfully named the Coffin bunker due to its deep but narrow characteristics. This short hole is not a guaranteed par and has seen a few high scores in its Open championship history. In 1997 a young 21-year-old Tiger Woods walked off the 8th green with a triple bogey six after finding a bunker with his tee shot.

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Major Win or Major Distraction

On Monday morning after Dustin Johnson won his maiden major everybody was talking about his final round and how it was great to finally see him get over that major hurdle….
Incorrect, everybody, spectators and even players have been questioning the decision made by the USGA that has over shadowed DJ’s first major win at Oakmont.

On the 5th hole Dustin called a rules official and explained that his ball had moved but he had not caused the movement. His playing partner Lee Westwood agreed that he hadn’t caused the movement and the rules official with the group cleared him of any wrong doing and Dustin continued to hole out for par.

Unfortunately, through the use of slow motion review, USGA rules officials felt otherwise. They approached Johnson on the 12th tee to inform him that the incident on the 5th green was being reviewed for a potential breach of the rules, which could result in a one shot penalty. The outcome would be decided at the completion of his round.

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Young Guns Taking Poll Position on The LPGA

Over the weekend Brooke Henderson became the KPMG Women’s PGA champion. At just the young age of 18 she joined Lydia Ko on becoming the youngest to ever win the tournament. She beat World No.1 Ko in a sudden death play-off to capture her first major victory at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, Washington.

Having young inspiring females winning and showing form at the highest stage of the game, will surely encourage growth of the game. The current top ten in the women’s game are all under the age of 30 and the top 8 are all under 25. The women’s game is showcasing a large amount of very young talent, and it is making for more exciting golf.

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