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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 300
I f you’re searching for an athlete who personifies calmness, look no further than Brooks Koepka. The powerful American – who successfully defended his national Open in June – was once again emotionless as he quietly marched toward his third major title at the 100th US PGA Championship. Standing on the 18th tee at Bellerive Country Club, the 28-year-old held a two-stroke lead over playing partner Adam Scott and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, who had just completed the best final round of his major career; six-under 64. Unfazed, Koepka stood tall and delivered yet another emphatic blow with his driver, piping his tee shot 324 yards down the fairway to the roars of the crowd. CBS commentators were calling for paramedics to check his pulse. The Floridian then indulged in one deep breath as he eyed his 115-yard approach into the 72nd green before flying it 15 feet past the cup. He narrowly missed his birdie, waved his right to putt with a cleared green and then tapped in for par to become just the fifth player since World War II to win three majors before turning 30. Koepka’s nonchalant approach to the game certainly splits opinions; it doesn’t always make for the most exciting viewing. But clearly it works – and his lack of outward emotion shouldn’t be misconstrued as a lack of passion. This is a man whose troublesome left wrist kept him from competing at Augusta National in April and had him questioning his immediate playing future. Jack Nicklaus was one of many who immediately took to Twitter to voice his admiration for the future World Golf Hall of Famer, who began his professional career in Europe. “For Brooks Koepka to not play The Masters because of injury, to be unsure of his near future in golf, then come back to win the US Open and US PGA Championship – to win 2 of the 3 majors left in the year – you have to COVER STORY
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