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‘Regular guy’ Koepka still not getting enough recognition

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TSN Senior Reporter


MONTEREY, CALIF. – Last week, during the RBC Canadian Open, Brooks Koepka was in a gym in Hamilton, doing one of his muscle-ripping workouts. A guy sitting on a bench next to him was talking out loud to his pals about how cool it was that a PGA Tour pro was in his gym, pumping iron and getting fit.

The problem was, the golfer being discussed wasn’t Koepka, it was Dustin Johnson, who’d just left the facility. Rather than getting all the attention, the four-time major winner was doing his presses in complete anonymity.

“I don’t know if he was just trying to get my attention or what,” laughed Koepka, “but he talked about Dustin for about 10 minutes to anybody within earshot.”

Remarkably, that’s not the first time Koepka has had to wallow in Johnson’s shadow at a gym. On another occasion, the two players were working out together. A woman approached and was excited to see Johnson in her gym.

And Koepka? She asked him to take a picture of her and DJ together, oblivious as to who was pressing the shutter.

Welcome to Brooks Koepka’s world.

Despite winning four of the last eight major titles he’s played, the strapping golfer remains somewhat of an anonymous figure. He doesn’t have the cache of Phil Mickelson or the presence of Tiger Woods. Yet he’s currently the top-ranked........