Thursday, August 8

MORNING READ: 'It's Koepka's World, and Players Know It'

WRITING FOR MORNING READ, veteran golf scribe Mike Purkey says "not since Tiger Woods was at his peak has there been this clear of a delineation – both in world-ranking points and nearly everyone's perception – between the best player in the world and everyone else."

Purkey explains why Koepka has a clear path to the FedEx Cup trophy and, at the moment, a peaceful reign as the king of golf:
Brooks Koepka holds a commanding lead of nearly 3½ points in the Official World Golf Ranking and a margin of 562 points in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this week’s first playoff event, the Northern Trust at Liberty National in New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York. 
And no one appears to have the slightest bit of interest in catching and overtaking him. 
Koepka is the odds-on favorite to win the FedEx Cup championship, listed at 2-1 by Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Rory McIlroy was the second choice at 13-2, and Dustin Johnson was a 10-1 pick. Given the favorites' recent performance, why would you bet on anyone else unless you’re just taking a flier? 
So, now the question becomes: Who is up to the task of taking on Koepka – on his turf and on his terms? 
It's going to take someone or a couple of someones with muscle, brains and fearlessness and – most of all – an unwavering self-belief that is at least equal to Koepka's.
To review, Koepka, 29, has won seven times in a little more than two years. Four of them were majors and one was the recent WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

1 comment:

Golf GPS said...

The news media likes to pretend it is 2000 by constantly pushing Tiger, Phil and all the guys who really are most likely to never win again, meanwhile Brooks is in contention of every major it seems. He truly is the best player on tour today. NO doubt!