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
Tiger Woods stalks his first major win in 10 years and Jordan Spieth chases a Career Grand Slam at next week's 100th PGA Championship while top-ranked Dustin Johnson hunts a second major triumph. The American trio is expected to contend in the year's final major showdown over a 7,316-yard, par-70 Bellerive layout in the last PGA Championship to be played in August. The event moves to May next year. Woods, a 14-time major champion who hasn't won a major title since the 2008 US Open, underwent spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 after years of back pain and began a comeback last December, rising from 1,200th in the world to 50th. The former world number one shared second in March at the PGA Valspar Championship, switched to a mallet putter in June and shared fourth at the PGA National and last month led briefly in the final round of the British Open before settling for a share of sixth at Carnoustie behind Italian winner Francesco Molinari. "I certainly can win again," Woods said. "I … [Read more...] about Tiger seeks 15th major, Spieth a Career Slam at 100th PGA
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