Cool Koepka a Major threat

28 December 2017 19:05:05 GMTPlus11

US Open champion Brooks Koepka had the best score in relation to par in the 2017 Majors and will be one to watch again in the big events next year.

The monster-hitting American was a combined 21-under par for the four Majors, producing his breakthrough moment when landing the US Open at Erin Hills.

You want to win Majors more than you want to win anything else.

Brooks Koepka

Koepka was also T11 in the Masters at Augusta National, T6 in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and T13 in the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

In all, he's had 12 top-25 finishes in the Majors since a top-four at the 2014 US Open, more than any other player over that same period.

Asked to explain why he thrives, Koepka said at Quail Hollow in August: "I feel like the Majors really get my attention.

"I don't know what it is, just the fact that every shot counts so much. You want to win Majors more than you want to win anything else.

"I felt like I've had a few chances coming down the stretch to win a couple more. I don't know what it is, but the Majors, I get going for it."

Another reason touted for his success at this level is an unflappable temperament.

He's shown that with his attitude to winning a Major - rather than talk about the relief or sense of climbing the mountain, Koepka said with a shrug a couple of months after his US Open success: "I don't think anything is different. It's your job. You're supposed to win. That's kind of the goal.

"So when you win a Major, I mean, nothing changes other than maybe a few more autographs."

Koepka, who ended this season eighth in the world rankings, is 34.00 to win the Masters, 29.00 to defend his US Open crown, 34.00 for the Open Championship and 29.00 to land the USPGA Championship.

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