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Brooks Koepka: the season so far

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: April 24, 2020, 5:02 pm ET

Age: 29

 

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 3rd
2019: 1st
2018: 1st
2017: 8th
2016: 16th

 

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 213rd
Events: 5
Wins: 0
Top 10: 0
Top 25: 0
Made Cut: 3
Money: $57,139

 

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 83rd (2019: 21st, 2018: 9th, 2017: 18th)
Approach: 128th (2019: 11th, 2018: 65th, 2017: 97th)
Around The Green: 76th (2019: 92nd, 2018: 56th, 2017: 101st)
Putting: 208th (2019: 48th, 2018: 68th, 2017: 5th)
Tee-To-Green: 89th (2019: 12th, 2018: 19th, 2017: 42nd)
Total: 172nd (2019: 9th, 2018: 12th, 2017: 12th)

 

Analysis

He was last seen shooting a 2-under-par 70 at the PLAYERS Championship after he’d made an emergency journey to see Butch Harmon, an exercise that was said to have worked some magic and, although one round is far from extensive evidence, it was an improvement on what had gone before. He started 2019-20 with a missed cut and withdrawal, followed by surgery and rehab. He then looked a little rusty competing on the European Tour’s Desert swing before carding 74-74 to miss the cut in the Honda Classic and, although he made the weekend at Bay Hill, a Saturday 81 hurt enough to prompt the Harmon visit. Given the return from injury and initial problems we can probably give him some leeway in terms of those SG statistics. It may be worth noting, however, that he’s typically not great around the greens.

Grade so far: E

 

2020 quotes

Honda Classic (on the rehab): “Knee is great. I wouldn't be playing if I couldn't play or if there was pain or if I didn't feel like I could come out here and compete at my best. I've just played bad, simple as.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational (on the slump): “I've been through a spell like this and I remember, I can't remember if it was 2017, I think it was, at Match Play, and I, one swing and it was like, boom, off and running.”

PLAYERS Championship (on seeing Butch Harmon): “Butch has seen me swing it a million times. I just needed a different set of eyes because I was failing. It's not Claude's fault, it's not Pete's fault, it's not anybody's fault except my own. Butch has seen it so many times. So it was good for me to go out there. I had Claude's blessing.”

 

THE MAJORS (most recent results on the left)

The Masters: 2-11-21-33

Just about everything about his fourth visit to Augusta National last year was an improvement on what went before (and that was far from poor and getting better by the year). He’d never broken par in round one, then slapped a brilliant 66. He averaged 72 on Fridays and then carded a 71. He’d never gone sub-70 on Saturday, then he chalked up a 69. It meant that he shared the 18- and 36-hole leads and was T4 after 54. Had he equaled his previous Sunday best (69) he’d have forced a play-off. As it was, a 70 left him one short. He hit more greens in regulation that ever before and drained more putts for birdie. He’ll surely contend again in the future.

PGA Championship: 1-1-13-4-5-15-70

Safe to say he likes this tournament! In his last 16 laps he has been ranked outside the top 13 (including ties) just twice and 12 times he was in the top ten. Of course, most importantly, he’s claimed the win in the last two running so is heading for a treble and incredibly he’s held the solo lead after the last six rounds of the event, only once by fewer than two shots.

U.S. Open: 2-1-1-13-18-14-MC

Another major, another supreme record. In an event where many struggle to go sub-70, he’s managed it ten times in his last 13 circuits. Not only has he never been outside the top two in the last three renewals, he was also T6 or better after 36-, 54- and 72-holes in that period. His last five final rounds have all been sub-70 (he averages 68 in that run) and he’s topped the Ball-Striking rankings three times in his six starts. Since the start of 2014 he’s played the PGA Championship and U.S. Open 12 times, never been outside the top 20 and has four wins.

Open Championship: 4-39-6-10-67-MC

The best way of judging Henrik Stenson’s dominant brilliance in his 2016 Open win was by ticking off just how sensational Phil Mickelson played in coming second. Similarly, Koepka’s Open record would be considered superb by most golfers, but it pales in comparison with the PGA Championship and U.S. Open! He’s had his struggles (five failures to break 74 in his first six rounds), but once he got that out of the way, he’s been close. Indeed, in both 2017 and last year he was in the top ten all week.