Since 2017, Brooks Koepka has won two U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and finished second to Tiger Woods at the Masters. He’s on a scalding hot streak right now, and that fact certainly isn’t lost on his fellow golfers.
Going into the 119th U.S. Open this week at Pebble Beach, Tony Finau, who finished fifth in last year’s tournament, singled Koepka out as the one to beat.
“Until he proves that he’s going to cool down, you’ve got to think that he’s going to be your biggest competition,” Finau told AOL.com on behalf of American Express.
“If you beat [Koepka], you probably could be crowned champion.”
Defending PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka has his eye on several of his peers heading into the 2019 tournament, which begins on May 16.
A crowded and talented field at the Masters in April saw Koepka finish tied for second place with Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, just one stroke behind Tiger Woods, who emerged victorious for his first major win in 11 years.
Koepka listed all three of those golfers as his main competition as he heads to Bethpage Black in New York to defend his PGA Championship title.
“Tiger’s playing well, Xander’s playing well, Dustin’s playing well,” he told AOL.com on behalf of Michelob ULTRA. “There’s a lot of guys who are right in that mix. Those guys played well at Augusta and they’ve been playing well for a while.”