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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 246
He hit more fairways than anyone in US Open history – more than 80 per cent of them, in fact – and did it with distance that made us mortals weak at the knees. With the championship all but in the bag on Sunday, Koepka played it ‘safe’ at the 18th hole, pulling out his 3-wood and casually depositing his ball 379 yards away in the fairway from off the tee. So where’s this version of Koepka been hiding? It’s certainly not for a lack of talent. Legendary caddie Steve Williams was once quoted as saying he’d only ever seen one player with a ball flight like his former employer, Tiger Woods. It was Koepka. But despite his talents, the victory at the US Open marks only his second PGA Tour success – the 2015 Phoenix Open being the other – with almost all of his other highlights coming on Europe’s second-tier Challenge Tour. Unlike the Jordan Spieths and Rory McIlroys of the world, all the talent under the sun hasn’t been enough to make things happen on command. To put it simply, Koepka had to do it the hard way, with his road to riches taking him via the 2012 US Open as an amateur, where he missed the cut and then turned pro but was unable to win through the PGA Tour’s Q-school, instead finding himself grafting out his living in the backblocks of Europe for a year.
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