If the Wanamaker trophy holds this week, Brooks Koepka will be on the list of great champions in the history of major tournaments. Koepka in the training matches ahead of the PGA Championship at the TPC Harding Park Stadium in San Francisco on August 4.
In the history of the traditional major quartet since 1860, only six golfers have won for three consecutive years at an event in this group. The closest person to achieve that feat was Peter Thomson, at The Open Championship from 1954 to 1956.
As for the PGA Championship, the only golfer to have won four consecutive times is Walter Hagen, from 1924-1927. But that was when the event was still in the form of a matchmaking match.
If he succeeds in the PGA Championship this year, Koepka will be the first to win a three-time streak since the tournament switched to stroke play since 1958. Last year, he also faced the chance to win three consecutive at the major US Open. but in the end came second, behind Gary Woodland.
Before the PGA Championship 2020, Koepka struggled to gain momentum for nearly a year. It was not until the end of last week that this golfer showed a positive signal through his achievements at WGC-FedEx St.
Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, par70 in Memphis. He hit 62 strokes in the opening round, staggered in the second leg, and then settled through the last 36 holes to hit T2. That was also the only time Koepka entered the top 10 final this season. He also leads the league in terms of green attack performance.
The day before the opening round of FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Koepka had to ask Phil Kenyon – the leading coach to correct the technique in 11 hours. And in a new way, his ball touchpoint moves back inside the clubface center, the heel of the club hits the ground and uses more left hand than before during putt.
And from the beginning of the season to Memphis, Koepka had to deal with an ineffective swing. This move is intended to fine-tune the left knee with a history of injury and is still dull despite surgery.
For many years, Koepka collaborated with coach Claude Harmon III to practice swing at the same time with Pete Cowen in technique – short-range strategy and competitive psychology. Due to a travel restriction during the epidemic, Koepka has not seen Cowen outside the training ground since The Players Championship in mid-March.