On Golf: After U.S. Open Breakthrough, Brooks Koepka Thanks a Calming Force

On Golf: After U.S. Open Breakthrough, Brooks Koepka Thanks a Calming Force

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With Jones’s help, Koepka in time came to see that his outbursts were an obstacle in his path to becoming a champion golfer. He won his first event as a senior, then added two more titles by the season’s end.

“He can take tough love,” Jones said. “You’d ride him, and he’d thank you for it.”

The transformation that began in Tallahassee was on full display down the stretch on Sunday. Koepka made three birdies in a row starting at No. 14 to distance himself from a fast-charging Hideki Matsuyama and a steady Brian Harman. Matsuyama and Harman finished at 12 under, which would have been good enough to win 115 of the United States…



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