Golf Media Mock Brooks Koepka’s “Karma”, But Miss the Point

Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the 10th tee during the final round of the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Aug 9, 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Up until yesterday, Brooks Koepka had won four of the last 10 majors he’d entered, and finished second in two others – a mind-boggling sixty-percent clip of finishing 1-2.

Even with a T29 result yesterday, Koepka remains on a run that only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods can match.

In his 12 most recent majors, the 30-year old Florida native has never missed a cut, while racking up four (4) Ws, two (2) runner-ups, one (1) top-5, one (1) top 10, and two (2) top 15s, along with a T29 and T39.

Yet because he talked some smack the night before the final round, and didn’t back it up on the course, his final-round struggle was somehow “karma.”

Golf.com’s Josh Sens asked, “Did karma get Brooks Koepka in the final round of the PGA Championship?” For an extra shiv, the story included an embarrassing photo of the four-time major winner (via Harry How/Getty) looking like a punch-drunk fool. This was not by accident given that there were 54 other photos taken of Koepka on Sunday, and available via Getty Images.

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak went a step further, excitedly exclaiming, “Brooks Koepka discovers karma is a bitch, shoots final-round 74.”

ESPN’s Ian O’Connor tweeted, “Karma 1 Brooks Koepka 0”

Again – including the “karma” results, the track record they’re mocking is as follows.

Ordered by placement:
1st – PGA (2018)
1st – PGA (2019)
1st – U.S. Open (2017)
1st – U.S. Open (2018)
2nd – U.S. Open (2019)
2nd – Masters (2019)
4th – British Open (2019)
6th – British Open (2017)
11th – Masters (2017)
13th – PGA (2017)
29th – PGA (2020)
39th – British Open (2018)

Ordered by occurrence:
2020 – PGA (29th)
2019 – British Open (4th)
2019 – U.S. Open (2nd)
2019 – PGA (1st)
2019 – Masters (2nd)
2018 – PGA (1st)
2018 – British Open (39th)
2018 – U.S. Open (1st)
2017 – PGA (13th)
2017 – British Open (6th)
2017 – U.S. Open (1st)
2017 – Masters (11th)

Leave aside the hypocrisy of the media trolling Koepka for the sin of, well, trolling.

What they’re missing is that Koepka’s barb directed at DJ may have worked. The 36-year old star departed San Francisco with the same amount of majors he arrived with – one! And he’s now failed to close the deal on four (4!) 54-hole leads in major championships – a record.

Meanwhile, Koepka leaves with four majors intact, and will use the media’s predictable headlines as motivation, ahead of next month’s U.S. Open – where he will be one of the top favorites to win his third national title in four years.

See ya’ll at Winged Foot.

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