Good buddies Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka have a disproportion in opinion.
Johnson, a indolent long-bomber who has one vital championship on his résumé, is a normal thinker who says winning majors is difficult. Despite a stream 20 career wins on a PGA Tour, it took Johnson a prolonged time and many formidable moments to finally lift out a 2016 U.S. Open during Oakmont.
Meanwhile, a equally prolonged though distant some-more heated Koepka has 3 vital championships: He’s a fortifying back-to-back U.S. Open champ, as good as a fortifying leader of a PGA Championship going into this week’s contest during Bethpage Black.
Koepka says winning majors is indeed easier given so many players in a margin take themselves out of row by putting too most vigour on themselves. Yet Koepka has usually dual other wins on a PGA Tour given entrance over full-time in 2015 from a European Tour.
“He’s won some-more majors than he has [non-major] golf tournaments,” Johnson said. “He’s a good player. You know, he does have a lot of confidence. But that’s what we need in this game.”
Koepka also pronounced he thinks he can win double-digit majors, a stratosphere in veteran golf that now usually binds Jack Nicklaus (18), Tiger Woods (15), and Walter Hagen (11). That is a lofty perch, though one Johnson also didn’t consider was out of his reach.
“I feel like we unequivocally could do it,” Johnson said.
But it has come a small differently for a dual unequivocally identical players, and that is substantially what has combined a order in ideology.
“Obviously, we spend a lot of time with Brooks and play a lot of golf with him,” Johnson said. “He’s a unequivocally good player, hits it long, hits it straight, got a good brief game. That adds adult to be a good player.
“Confidence is unequivocally a large partial of that.”
Yet a miss of certainty has never seemed to be a problem for Johnson. The 34-year-old from South Carolina walks with a strut matched by his loose on-course attitude. But he has had a integrate of unequivocally tighten calls during majors, including this year’s Masters, when he tied for second — alongside Koepka.
“Disappointed, we wouldn’t go with, though a small undone infrequently only given I’ve had utterly a few chances and I’ve felt like a few of them we unequivocally didn’t do anything . we played well,” Johnson said. “But that’s only how it is. It’s tough to win majors. If it was easy, a lot of guys would have a lot some-more than they do.”