Sitting on a couch watching the Masters on television with an injured left wrist, Brooks Koepka never dreamed he would win two majors this year, much less battle his boyhood idols. But the 28-year-old American did just that, defending his title at the US Open in June and taking his third major crown Sunday at the PGA Championship by two strokes over Tiger Woods. "When I look at what I've done in the past two months, it's incredible," Koepka said. "Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance. I can't even believe it." As impressive as his long drives was Koepka's coolness under pressure, a composure that has become a trademark. "When I show up to the majors I'm very focused, very disciplined," he said. "For some reason the majors get my attention. When you're firing at flags you have to be calm and focus on every shot." To battle Woods and 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, an … [Read more...] about Koepka makes incredible comeback from injury to major wins
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A heart-to-heart talk with his dad and his caddie after missing the cut at the British Open helped Justin Thomas regain winning form ahead of defending his PGA Championship title. Second-ranked Thomas tees off in Thursday's opening round at Bellerive Country Club alongside 14-time major winner Tiger Woods and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy. "It will be pretty crazy out there. There's going to be a lot of people," Thomas said. "I enjoy playing with Tiger. I really enjoy playing with Rory. So it will be a cool week." The 25-year-old American comes into the event off a victory in last week's WGC Bridgetone Invitational after shooting 77 and missing the cut at Carnoustie two weeks earlier, which prompted a chat with caddie Jimmy Johnson and his dad Mike, a teaching professional. "It was a lot of me talking and saying it's hard and it's sometimes uncomfortable because the smallest things bother us," Thomas said. "Sometimes you don't feel like you should tell your caddie or coach or … [Read more...] about Talk with caddie helps defending PGA champ Thomas win
Stranglehold is a forceful word but then it takes emotive terminology to do justice to American players’ current dominance of golf’s Majors. All four trophies are in the hands of Stateside stars – a scenario last witnessed 14 years ago – and should the trend continue at Carnoustie, where The Open begins today, it will be the sixth Major in succession to be won by an American. The last time that happened, the Falklands War had just finished and Michael Jackson was about to release Thriller. Read more: Sam Torrance: Open conditions could give Tiger Woods an edge This is no overnight revolution, though. Since Rory McIlroy won back-to-back Majors at The Open and the US PGA Championship in 2014, which feels like an awfully long time ago, Americans have won 11 of the 14 biggest titles on offer. Such dominance has been unheard of since the early 2000s, when Tiger Woods was at his most prolific and somewhat skewed the figures. This time it has been more of a collective … [Read more...] about Open Championship 2018 preview: Can Europe end America’s stranglehold on golf’s Majors at Carnoustie?
Hank Haney first noticed something wrong when Tiger Woods got up from the dinner table to get something to drink and stopped suddenly, bent over with his eyes closed and then held the position until he could keep walking. "I remember thinking, 'That's not a good sign,'" said Haney, his swing coach of four years. The timing wasn't great, either. It was a month after Woods had surgery for the third time on his left knee. It was three weeks before the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Haney had come to Florida to start preparations for the Open, only to find out that Woods heard a crack below his left knee while hitting a 5-iron from a downhill lie a few days earlier. His doctor came to the house on May 31 to go over results from an MRI — shredded ligaments in his left knee, a double stress fracture in his lower leg. The first round of the U.S. Open was 13 days away. "My immediate thought was I had the rest of the year off," Haney said. Woods had other ideas. "He said, 'I'm playing in … [Read more...] about Golf: Tiger’s last major win 10 years ago a testament to willpower
Britain's Justin Rose fired a six-under par 64 Friday to grab the second-round lead at the US PGA Fort Worth Invitational, boosting his confidence for next month's US Open. The 37-year-old Englishman, who won his lone major title at the 2013 US Open, stood on 10-under par 130 after 36 holes at Colonial Country Club. He had a one-shot lead over Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, who carded a three-under par 67 for 131 as changing wind and swiftly falling temperatures made for tougher scoring conditions in the afternoon. "The way I played through the first 15 holes today was about as good as I've played in a long time," Rose said. Rose, whose most recent win came at last December's Indonesian Masters, also won last year at Shanghai and Turkey and took gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics since last winning on US soil at New Orleans in 2015. Rose, seeking his 22nd career title and ninth overall on the US PGA circuit, began on the back nine and birdied three consecutive holes, sandwiching nine-foot … [Read more...] about Rose confident for US Open after strong start at PGA Colonial