Earlier this summer, Brooks Koepka strutted into Shinnecock Hills as a fortifying U.S. Open champion, maybe still overshadowed by other hard-charging American stars (including GOLF’s 2017 POY, Justin Thomas). But after powering his approach to a win during Shinny, and again during a PGA Championship during Bellerive — apropos usually a fifth actor in story to lift off that U.S. Open-PGA double drop in a same year — there’s no discounting Koepka now. Of course, a 28-year-old Floridian didn’t do it alone. Many people, places and things coalesced and contributed to his ancestral season.
Notably, Koepka doesn’t have an apparatus deal, though he sports a Nike swoosh on all of his threads, and as his workouts with tutor Joey D (see below) have progressed, those Nike polos have usually gotten tighter. He also reps NetJets and Rolex.
THE LITTLE BROTHER: CHASE KOEPKA
After a excellent career during a University of South Florida, Brooks’s small bro is now a pro. He teamed with Brooks to finish fifth during final year’s Zurich Classic, though Chase is personification many of his contest golf in Europe. Straight from his large brother’s playbook.
THE U.S. OPEN
While many of his associate competitors griped about a setup during quick and burning Shinnecock (see: Mickelson, Phil), Koepka kept his conduct down and shot 72-68 on a weekend to turn a event’s initial repeat leader given Curtis Strange in 1988-89.
THE POPS AND THE COACH
Bob Koepka (below), a blemish player, ID’d his son’s talent early. When Brooks was 11, Bob sent him to PGA pro Warren Bottke, who during a time gave lessons during a bar in Palm Beach County. Bottke sensory a kid’s diversion for a subsequent level: Florida State.
Koepka carries a churned bag of sticks, including a TaylorMade M4 driver, Mizuno JPX900 irons, Titleist Vokey SM7 wedges and a Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2 antecedent putter. Sometimes it pays to go it alone.
Joey Diovisalvi (below), aka Joey D, puts Koepka and Dustin Johnson by punishing workouts to prep them for golf’s many agonizing exams. Are golfers athletes? In GOLF’s Jun issue, Joey D took that doubt conduct on: “That’s ridiculous. That’s insulting. we would plea anyone, anywhere, to step into a gym with DJ and Brooks and contend these guys are not hardcore jocks.” Okay, fella. No evidence here.
THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Koepka never blinked as Tiger Woods lighted a Bellerive throng dual groups in front of him during a Sunday charge. Koepka’s bloodless 66 clipped Tiger by dual and set a new PGA scoring record (264). He also became a initial actor to win dual majors in one year given Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Koepka has been dating telegenic model/actress Jena Sims given 2016, and she’s greeted him on a 72nd hole during any of his vital conquests. The twin keeps a low profile, though we can get a ambience of Brooks’s off-course life on her suacy Instagram page.
Claude Harmon III began operative with Koepka in 2013, a same deteriorate he won 3 Challenge Tour titles. Among many profitable lessons, Brooks credits Harmon, a son of Butch, for training him to blur a round off a tee, that helps him control his substantial power.
Rickie Elliott, from Northern Ireland, grew adult personification Royal Portrush and had a flashy youth career. He initial looped for Koepka during a 2013 PGA Championship during Oak Hill.
Koepka’s examination pal, Dustin Johnson, won a U.S. Open during Merion in 2016, that means that a storied prize has now stayed between friends for 3 years running.
Hey, a small additional proclivity never hurts. Koepka still simmers over viewed slights. But will he be ignored now that he’s a three-time vital champ? Don’t gamble on it.