Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods played in a same trio to start a PGA Championship, and that’s about a usually thing that connected them during Bethpage Black. Koepka would outscore Woods by 17 strokes over a tournament’s initial dual days and go on to win. Woods missed a cut in his initial contest given his stirring Masters delight in April.
Though a grand impact cove between Koepka and Woods still is immeasurable — a former has four, a latter 15 — as of now they’re a biggest names in golf (even with Woods’s missed cut). Here’s what to design from any of them between now and a U.S. Open during Pebble Beach, that starts Jun 13.
Imagine a review we’d be carrying currently if Koepka hadn’t put a round in Rae’s Creek during Augusta National No. 12 on Masters Sunday. The double spook he carded there cursed his chances, and he finished one cadence behind Woods for a tournament.
Instead, Koepka merely has left 1-T2-1 in his final 3 majors while also winning 4 of a final 8 he’s entered. That run will be a speak of a U.S. Open during Pebble Beach, nonetheless initial a 29-year-old will conduct north for a Canadian Open starting Jun 3. Koepka indeed missed a cut during that contest final year, when it was played a week after a British Open in July. This year, a PGA Tour has changed it to a improved mark on a calendar, one week before a U.S. Open, and Koepka has shown a welfare for personification in a contest that directly precedes a major.
Koepka also has played a Memorial in peculiar years during his career, nonetheless it’s misleading either he’ll be in Ohio this year deliberation that he’s already committed to a Canadian Open one week later. The Memorial starts May 30.
As for Pebble Beach, Koepka’s sole contest there was during a 2016 pro-am, where he finished in a tie for eighth.
His win on Sunday left him presaging outsize destiny success, telling CNN he thinks he’ll finish with “double-digit” vital titles, “easy.”
“I don’t see given i can’t get to double digits,” he said. “I have 4 now, I’m 29, and they contend we don’t rise until you’re in your 30s, so hopefully we rise then.”
Playing his initial contest in 5 weeks, carrying hardly used given of illness and on a march that substantially compulsory a whole lot some-more muscle than Woods can move to a list during age 43, Woods lasted only dual rounds during Bethpage Black. It will be engaging to see how he does relocating brazen this season: Was a Masters pretension one final hurrah, or was his PGA Championship flameout simply a outcome of a connection of events that he could not overcome?
As usual, Woods was light on a specifics about when we’ll see him subsequent on a course, nonetheless a expectancy is that he’ll play a Memorial — a contest he’s won 5 times — during Muirfield Village commencement May 30 and afterwards a U.S. Open dual weeks after during Pebble Beach, site of his historically widespread 15-stroke win during a 2000 chronicle of a tournament.
Woods finished in a tie for 23rd final year during a Memorial in his lapse to full-time rival golf. He afterwards missed a cut during a U.S. Open, where he hasn’t played on a weekend given 2013 and hasn’t finished in a tip 20 given 2010.
“There’s no reason given we can’t get adult to speed again and holder it behind up,” he said Friday. “I’ve got to start feeling a small bit improved initial before that happens. We’ll do that initial and afterwards start cranking it behind adult again.”
Woods hasn’t played Pebble Beach given a 2012 pro-am, where he finished in a tie for 15th, 9 strokes behind leader Phil Mickelson. He tied for fourth during a 2010 U.S. Open there, 3 shots behind leader Graeme McDowell, and won a pro-am there in 2000.
Koepka is a favorite to win a Open during 6/1, followed by PGA Championship runner-up Dustin Johnson during 7/1. Woods is a third choice during 16/1.
U.S. Open odds, around Westgate SuperBook:
2019 U.S. Open leader updated
B Koepka 6/1
D Johnson 7/1
T Woods 14/1
R McIlroy 16/1
J Rose 16/1
J Spieth 18/1
J Thomas 20/1
R Fowler 20/1
J Rahm 20/1
J Day 25/1
X Schauffele 25/1
F Molinari 25/1
T Fleetwood 25/1
B DeChambeau 30/1
P Cantlay 30/1
P Mickelson 30/1
H Matsuyama 30/1
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) May 20, 2019
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