Sport Koepka healthy, eager to defend title at Shinnecock

02:05  13 june  2018
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Tiger looks to tie record, Koepka out to replicate Strange feat - The U.S. Open in Opta facts

  Tiger looks to tie record, Koepka out to replicate Strange feat - The U.S. Open in Opta facts Ahead of the second major of the year at Shinnecock Hills, we look at the best Opta facts surrounding the U.S. Open.The second major of the year will be contested this week as the U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004.

Now that he is fully healthy , however, he is eager to start winning again. Koepka will begin his U.S. Open title defense June 14 at Shinnecock Hills in New York. Load Comments.

In addition to the A-list seats behind home plate, the defending U.S. Open Going into his U.S. Open title defense, Harmon believes that Koepka is in a better place now with his game SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) A capsule look at the four previous U.S. Open golf championships held at Shinnecock Hills

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Defending champion Brooks Koepka may not be the main attraction at the U.S. Open, but he is eyeing another win.

Koepka tees off alongside Jason Day and Bubba Watson at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday to begin his title defence.

But Koepka is not in Southampton, New York, to play second, third or any other fiddle.

"The only reason I'm here is to win. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't have signed up," Koepka said during his Tuesday news conference. "I feel like I always play well at the U.S. Open. Major championships are where I shine."

Starting with the 2015 Open Championship, Koepka has finished 13th or better in eight of the nine major tournaments in which he has competed, including his first major win at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Koepka 'not too concerned' despite opening 75

  Koepka 'not too concerned' despite opening 75 After fighting his way to a five-over 75 to start his U.S. Open title defence, Brooks Koepka was not overly worried.Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka said he was "not too concerned" after shooting a five-over 75 in the first round.

On CBS Sports HQ, CBS Sports golf analyst Mark Immelman joins Nick Kostos to talk about how well Koepka has performed post-injury and what it means as he tries to defend his title at Shinnecock .

Also in the US Open 2018 champion, Brooks Koepka , who seems ready to defend his title after missing an extended period of time due to an injury. RELATED: U.S. Open 2018 – The top 13 picks to win at Shinnecock Hills.

Since lifting that trophy a year ago by tying the tournament record at 16 under, Koepka has endured some frustrating times. A partially torn tendon in his left wrist brought his streak of eight consecutive top-20 finishes to a screeching halt as he missed four months (including the Masters) to start the 2018 season.

"You go from playing some of the best golf I've ever played to probably being at the lowest point professionally that I've been," Koepka said before describing the toll inactivity took on his body. "The lowest point was the fact I gained about 15 pounds. Looking in the mirror wasn't quite fun."

Koepka ultimately recovered quicker than anticipated and he claims to be "100 per cent" past the injury. There is no basis for argument as his play suggests he is back to top shape ahead of his U.S. Open defence. A tied for 11th finish at The Players Championship last month was followed by a second-placed finish and three rounds of 67 or better at the Forth Worth Invitational.

Koepka, currently ninth in the rankings, fielded common questions about Shinnecock on Thursday and likened the course to Erin Hills. However, his success this weekend may not hinge on the width of the fairways or firmness of the greens, but on the lesson he learned en route to winning this tournament last year.

"The one thing I learned is patience. Be there with nine to play," he said.

Koepka backed by coach to win more major majors .
Brooks Koepka's short-game coach said he pulled him to one side for harsh words last year and it has clearly worked a treat.Pete Cowen revealed he laid down the gauntlet to fuel Brooks Koepka at Shinnecock Hills and can see the American winning more majors after clinching back-to-back U.S. Open titles.


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