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Golf: Most Underrated Three-time Major Champion in History

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“While Jordan Spieth emerged as Tiger Woods’ sweet-cheeked successor, Koepka ostracised himself from American golf and joined Europe's lower-rung Challenge Tour, trekking the continent, sleeping in cars and sharing hotel rooms while wondering if the first-tee announcer would again add an unwanted extra syllable to the pronunciation of his surname.” writes Tom Kershaw who headlines his article, “Brooks Koepka: Golf's world number one who always came second”

So says Butch Harmon

Tom Kershaw writes, “Koepka’s celebrated coach, Butch Harmon, caustically calls his star pupil the most underrated three-time major champion in history.” and cynics would say that Butch may be a wee bit one-eyed since after all he is his coach. And then there’s the matter of who truly is Bruce’s coach. In my search for a swing tip that Butch may have shared with Bruce I discover that these days Claude Harmon III is most often credited as Bruce’s coach.

Chip on his shoulder
Tom quotes Bob Koepka and then asks a question. “He knows how to put that little chip on his shoulder,” Bob Koepka said after his son became the first man to defend the US Open for almost three decades this year. The real question is whether Koepka can ever take it off?
Don’t think so upon reading the following.
“[The media] has their guys they wanna talk to,” Koepka said. “I’m not one of them and that’s fine. I don’t need to kiss anyone’s butt….Come Sunday, I won’t forget it when everyone wants to talk to me because I just won. I don’t forget things.”

When did the chip kick in?
I’m thinking it all began when, “Being stripped of a baseball career when involved in a grim car crash aged ten which, according to his father, “left him looking like he had done six rounds with Muhammad Ali”.
And then it looks like it just grew into a large chunk rather than a chip.
“As a teen Koepka lagged behind the country’s best junior talents. He was rejected by his favoured university, failed to win a tournament in his first three years at college and was better known for his protein-powered temper tantrums. He was overlooked for a position on the Walker Cup team and failed to qualify for a place on the PGA Tour.”

Link to Tom Kershaw

Quote of the Day
“To be honest, I’m not a big golf nerd. Golf is kind of boring, not much action. I come from a baseball family, and it’s in my blood.” - Bruce Koepka


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