Heading into the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black 29 year-old Brooks Koepka said that majors are the “easiest to win.” A few fellow PGA players and members of the media turned their heads at that statement.
However, confidence breeds success and Koepka put his money where his mouth is by going out and shooting a course record 63 in the opening round on Thursday and following that up with a 65 on Friday.
Koepka enters moving day with a seven stroke lead over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott who both put together impressive rounds of their own on Friday but still trail Koepka by a touchdown heading into the weekend.
Koepka won the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis by two strokes over Tiger Woods but his success at the same event in 2019 wasn’t necessarily guaranteed. Last years PGA Championship was held in August and in a completely different state (Missouri).
Brooks Koepka with a blazing 🔥 opening round 63 which see’s him into the clubhouse as the leader at 7-under par. #PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/T7cXMRXcFO
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What Koepka is doing in this tournament is historic and impressive in the same breath. He’s absolutely destroying a field filled with the world’s best on one of the most difficult courses on the planet.
He’s also making it look easy in the process.
To say that a tournament is over on Saturday is usually ridiculous when you consider the names of the guys trying to track down Koepka. However, its been reported that the man who engraves the name of the winner has already filled in Koepka’s name on the Wanamaker trophy and flown home with his job done (not really but he may as well).
Barring a disastrous turn of events, Koepka is set to win his second consecutive PGA Championship and fourth major title of his career.
Koepka is paired with Spieth for round three and will tee off at 2:50pm ET.