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Why it took 4 majors for Koepka to get his due

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23.05.2019

Majors matter more than any other golf tournament.

They are not the sole measure of greatness.

And that might be one reason it took Brooks Koepka winning four majors — as many as Rory McIlroy, one more than Jordan Spieth among his contemporaries — for the 29-year-old Floridian to get the kind of attention his game deserves.

Never mind the No. 1 ranking that came with his victory Sunday in the PGA Championship. That could change in two weeks.

Koepka now is at that level — and it took back-to-back titles in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship to get there — that he makes people look when he walks onto the range, that he's considered a top favorite wherever he goes without anyone having to look up the odds.

Why wasn't it enough when he won last summer at Shinnecock Hills to become the first repeat winner of the U.S. Open in 29 years, and only the second player to successfully defend the U.S. Open since Ben Hogan in 1951? Same major, yes, but Erin Hills and Shinnecock were entirely different tests.

What kept him from megastar status when he added the PGA Championship last summer at Bellerive to join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the same year? That........

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