Tour Confidential: Breaking down Brooks Koepka’s win and grading the USGA and Erin Hills

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1. Brooks Koepka bashed his way around Erin Hills to win the U.S. Open by four and become the seventh consecutive first-time major champion. His 16-under total tied Rory McIlroy’s mark (Congressional, 2011) for the lowest winning score in relation to par. Koepka doesn’t lack for firepower but does he have the staying power to become a consistent top-3 player?

John Wood, caddie for Matt Kuchar (@johnwould): The talent pool is so deep these days, it’s hard to say who will have the staying power to be a top-three player. I think becoming a consistent top-three player, one must have talent, health, focus, but mostly desire. It’s impossible to tell what’s in a player’s soul when it comes to desire. Tiger WANTED, NEEDED and FOCUSED on winning and winning only, and that’s why he stayed at No. 1 for so long. To ask anyone to be a consistent top-three player these days, with the talent pool as deep as it is, is too tall an order to predict. My advice would be to enjoy this dominant performance for what

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