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Monday, August 13, 2018

PGA 2018 Round-up

Brooks Koepka, a machine built to win majors

Ronald Montesano writing for Golf WRX:

Out of 72 holes, it might be said, Koepka made 5 mistakes that counted. That’s not a lot. He made two consecutive mistakes on the front nine on Sunday, but countered those two holes later, with three consecutive birdies. Koepka also bogeyed consecutive hole in round three, on the inward half. Similarly, he made a birdie soon after, to regain momentum. On Thursday, when he made double bogey on the par-3 5th hole, he made all pars before and after, until the 11th. From that point on, it was 3 birdies and 5 pars. What we see from him is an incredibly precise performance, where mistakes are minimized and opportunities, maximized.

Brooks Koepka is a tremendous athlete. That's obvious enough. But his mental game is just as strong. From the outside looking in it appears he doesn't focus on how winning majors might change his life. He just goes out and competes. When you can play with that amount of freedom and let your physical abilities work to their maximum you've already beaten a huge portion of the field. When Brooks Koepka's on, as he was this week at Bellerive, he's a force.

That said, who really knows? Koepka is a bit of an anomaly these days in major sports in that he keeps a very low profile. There will be a lot of pressure on him to change that as the sponsorship and endorsement opportunities continue to flow in. Here's hoping Koepka can keep his work-life balance in order. It certainly seems to be working for him right now.

WATCH: Tiger Woods Congratulates Brooks Koepka

Elliott Heath writing for Golf Monthly:

The 14-time major winner is friendlier than ever with competitors and showed some class after coming up short at the USPGA Championship.
Woods waited at the scoring building for Koepka to congratulate him on his play after he had just won his third major.
Hopefully having Tiger Woods wait to congratulate Brooks Koepka will put to rest all of the complaining coming from old-school critics of this new, friendlier level of sportsmanship being shown on tour these days.

PGA Championship 2018: Tiger Woods delivers the PGA's best TV ratings since, well, the last time he almost won

Alex Myers writing for Golf Digest:

You also won't be shocked to hear this is the PGA Championship's highest rating since the last time Tiger Woods almost won the event. That happened in 2009 when Woods was the 54-hole leader, but was beaten by Y.E. Yang at Hazeltine, producing a 7.5 rating.
No question that having Tiger Woods back and playing well has been an unexpected bonus for professional golf. Mr. Woods himself said in many of his post-round interviews that he had no idea if he would even be able to play golf again as recently as January of this year.

No one knows how long Mr. Woods will be able to continue this comeback but fans, broadcasters, and marketers will ride the wave as long as it lasts. Hopefully, this time around everyone will have learned from the past and do what they can to maintain some balance in their coverage.

Furyk: Form, pairings will both drive RC picks

Will Gray writing for the Golf Channel:

Furyk officially welcomed the eight automatic qualifiers to his 12-man roster for next month's matches in Paris, and his homework is about to ramp up as he looks to round out the team with four additional picks. Three players will be added after the Dell Technologies Championship in three weeks, while the final pick will be made after the BMW Championship the following week.
While Mr. Furyk technically has four picks to make it's obvious that he really only has two. With Tiger Woods finishing 11th and Phil Mickelson finishing 10th in the points he would be hard pressed to justify not adding these two fan favorites.

My guess as of today would be Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau getting the last two slots. But, there's still golf to be played. We'll see.