Anyone who knows anything about the PGA Tour knows that Brooks Koepka is really, really good in the majors. The 31-year-old world No. 8 has taken four titles, going back-to-back at the U.S. Open in 2017-18 and back-to-back at the PGA Championship in 2018-19.
In his last 15 major starts, Koepka has 11(!) results inside the top 7. In 2021, he has continued to show his incredible competency on the biggest stages. He did miss the cut at The Masters, which was excusable in this case as he was battling a knee injury (not everyone can be Tiger at Torrey Pines), but rebounded by finishing co runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship.
Then at last month’s U.S. Open, he was T4, as a difficult final hole prevented him from taking the clubhouse lead at the time.
Koepka, who got his start on the European Tour, has shone in big events outside the U.S. as well, posting top 10s in three of his last four Open starts, with a best result of T4 in 2019 at Royal Portrush.
The major champion kingpin hopes those top-10 Open experiences will help with his newest career goal: win back-to-back titles in all four majors, starting this week with this first Claret Jug, and then a second in 2022 at St Andrews – his favorite golf course.
“Yeah, that’s a goal of mine. We were actually just laughing about it,” said Koepka when asked if he’s thought about the career Grand Slam.
“It would be pretty cool to go back-to-back in all of them. I think that would be pretty cool, so that’s the goal.
“Like I said, I just need to get the job done here.
“I love St. Andrews, so hopefully it’ll happen.”
Koepka has been paired with Jason Kokrak and Garrick Higgo for the opening two rounds at Royal St George’s.