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Koepka’s claims are iron clad ahead of Wyndham Championship

| 19.08.2015

Last time Florida State University graduate Brooks Koepka strung together top 10s, he followed it up with a maiden PGA Tour victory.

That win arrived back in February at the Waste Management Pheonix Open, just the third event of his second full season, earmarking the 25-year-old as one of golf’s rising stars.

Now, as the PGA Tour draws to its conclusion at the Wyndham Championship, it’s fair to say that the West Palm Beach native has realised plenty of potential in 2015 – even in the shadow of Jordan Spieth.

Only 15 players having collected more points in the wrap-around campaign than Koepka, assuring him of his place in the FedEx Cup play-offs by a distance.

As a result, it will be more silverware preoccupying his mind heading to Sedgefield Country Club, North Carolina, not qualification for the post-season.

As his three-way share of favouritism for the last event in the regular PGA Tour calendar demonstrates, that’s a very real possibility for the 14/1 shot.

Since carding a miserable 78 in the final round at the Memorial near the start of June, Koepka has simply been awesome in every facet of his game – as his rank of third in scoring average and fifth in all-around, beautifully illustrates.

He’s only shot two over-par rounds in the next 24, where his worst finish in six tournaments is 18th and his best is third at the FedEx St.Jude Classic.

The most impressive thing about this low-scoring feat is that three of those events have been majors, including the bogey haven of Chambers Bay where he signed off with a 69.

Heading into the Wyndham his chain of results reads T3, T18 (US Open), T10 (The Open), T18, T6 and a share of fifth at the recent PGA Championship.

As mentioned above, the last time Koepka knitted successive top 10s together, he was pictured holding silverware the next time he appeared.

Those horses-for-courses punters discontented with pure form as a yardstick, will also be pleased to know Koepka signed off with a 64 on debut at Sedgefield last year, where only a third-round blip prevented a proper tilt at the title.

Blips don’t appear part of the American’s repertoire in recent weeks though.

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Christian Crowther

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