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Jun
18
2017

Final Thoughts on the 2017 U.S. Open : With U.S. Open win, Brooks Koepka looks like a future star.

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There are some major winners, that just have look of one hit wonder. They caught lightening in a bottle for a week. Brooks Koepka has only 1 PGA tour win, but he’s currently ranked in the top 25 in the world. This is not a one hit wonder. Koepka took control of the U.S. Open in the 4th round, and never looked back. While Erin Hills lacked the difficulty of a typical U.S. Open course, the Florida State product never flinched on the back 9.

Koepka already has 10 top 25 finishes in majors since 2014. That includes 5 top 10s after today. Koepka looks someone who could win multiple majors in his career. At only 27, he might end up being one of the best American players for years to come.

  • Let’s be honest, while Koepka is a deserving winner, the U.S. Open looked more like the John Deere Classic than a U.S. Open. Birdies were everywhere. A whopping 31 players finished under par. I watch U.S. Open to see the pros struggle to shoot par once a year. That didn’t happen. I can guarantee the USGA will ramp up the difficulty next year.
  • The next big story after Koepka’s win was Rickie Fowler. This was his 7th top 10 in a major. He’s rapidly approaching best player to never win a major status. He’s only 28, so have to believe his time is coming. He just puts himself into contention at majors over and over. He would be a popular champion.
  • Hideki Matsuyama is another under 30 player who seems destined to win a major. He ended up 3rd, and is best Asian player in the world.
  • What the heck happened Jason Day, Rory Mcilory and Dustin Johnson? All missed the cut. How many people would have that thought before the U.S. Open started? It was a rough week for them, but they will be back. There’s no doubt about that.
  • Justin Thomas is a another young player to keep an eye on. He tied a U.S. Open record with 3rd round 63 and finished 9th. He’s just 24 and has already won 4 times on tour. He’ll be a threat in future majors
  • Where were the veterans? There really weren’t any 35+ year old players that seriously contended in this major. Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman finished top 10, but never really threatened to win.

The next major the Open Championship will be July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale. 

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