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Bookies not ruling out three-in-a-row for Brooks Koepka as media snub fuels US Open fire

Leigh Copson 12 Jun 2019
Brooks Koepka (credit:Gerry Angus/Zuma Press/PA Images)

Defending champion Brooks Koepka will be playing with a ‘chip on shoulder’ when he goes in search of US Open history this week – but will that extra motivation result in victory at Pebble Beach?



Koepka heads to the famous course as the 2016 and 2017 US Open champion, having followed up his Erin Hills success with a victory at Shinnecock last year, and if he can win this Major for the third year running he will become only the second player to ever win three consecutive US Open titles – a feat no man has achieved since Willie Anderson made it three-in-a-row in 1905.

But as if that was not motivation enough, the 29-year-old American’s desire to make history this week has only been motivated further by what he perceives to be a media snub.

Koepka was left out of a commercial promoting this year’s tournament despite the fact he is the back-to-back defending champion, and it was something he could not ignore after his Twitter account lit up with people commenting on his absence from the video.

“You've always got to find something to give you a little bit of extra motivation, and sometimes it's blatantly obvious,” he told reporters. “There's a commercial that ran where I'm not even in it, and it was put up for a preview of the US Open. So I wasn't on ‘Notables’ after winning. There's a couple of things where it's just mind-boggling. It's like, ‘really? How do you forget that?’

“I actually didn't see it for a long time. A bunch of people on Twitter, I think, tagged me in the promo, and I they were amazed that I wasn't in it. I just clicked on the link and saw it and watched it, and I was shocked. They've had over a year to put it out. Somebody probably got fired over it or should have!

“But at the same time there are certain things, certain slights that don't make sense to me. But then there are other things where I just tell myself ‘I can't do it. I can't do it’. And I just want to prove myself wrong.

“Why wouldn't you be motivated? It's a major championship and I'm ready to go. There's a lot on the line going for three in a row. That's very exciting and this would be the coolest thing, to win three in a row and to win a third one at Pebble Beach. It's such a special place, and as a little kid you always wanted to play a US Open at Pebble. It's a dream come true, in a sense.

“And to even be thought of or to think of winning a major championship here would be incredible. Just the history behind it. You look at the guys that have won here at Pebble, all Hall of Famers and some of the greatest players that have ever played the game.”

So can Koepka make history at Pebble Beach this week?

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are the two joint favourites at 8/1 with bet365 at the time of writing, but Koepka is hot their heels at 9/1 as he looks to complete his three-in-a-row mission and claim his fifth Major title in the space of two years.

The 29-year-old is 15/8 for a Top 5 Finish and even shorter at Even-money for a Top 10 Finish, while bet365 make him the 6/1 second favourite in the Top American market behind 5/1 Dustin Johnson.


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