When Brooks Koepka was 10 years old, he was in a car accident that forced him to temporarily stop playing hockey, his favorite sport. Somewhat reluctantly, he picked up golf — a sport he is now dominating in ways we've never seen.
What happened: Despite a rough Sunday that saw him almost become the first golfer to blow a seven-stroke lead after 54 holes, Koepka held on to win the PGA Championship for the second straight year.
Why it matters: This is Koepka's fourth win in his last eight majors, which is absurd. He's batting .500. And, because he also won the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, he's the first man to hold back-to-back titles in two major championships.
The backdrop: Four years ago, Rory McIlory and Jordan Spieth were golf's post-Tiger superstars, and most fans had never even heard of Koepka, who was grinding it out on the European Tour. But Woods' former caddie Stevie Williams saw something in his game and tried to warn us about what was coming.
"Once in a great while, a player comes along who hits a golf ball the way it was meant to be hit. Powerful, piercing, the perfect trajectory. Of the young players out there, one I've seen has that special ball flight: Brooks Koepka. ... Obviously he's searching to find the other parts of the puzzle, but I haven't seen a ball flight like that since Tiger, and before that, Johnny Miller."— Stevie Williams in a 2015 interview with Golf Digest
What's next: Barring a dramatic drop-off, putting money on Brooks to win any major tournament moving forward feels like a fairly safe bet.
- The Masters: As I pointed out last month (and as Tiger went on to prove), the key to winning at Augusta is length off the tee, and few golfers hit it farther than Koepka. He also finished tied for second this year.
- The PGA Championship and U.S. Open: Why wouldn't he be the favorite to three-peat at both?
- The Open: While one might presume that links courses don't suit Koepka's game quite as well, he's finished inside the top 10 in his last two starts overseas.