Rapid-fire thoughts on the 117th U.S. Open golf tournament:
Brooks Koepka is a first-time major winner but he won’t be a fluky champion, like Michael Campbell, Lucas Glover and Lee Janzen, among others. He’s a modern bomber athlete. Only 27, he has finished T-21 or better eight straight majors.
Bravo to the USGA and tournament guru Mike Davis. A 16-under winner tied a record. But if the USGA set up the course tighter and harder under mild conditions, it would have played unfairly if the wind blew. Erin Hills is a great modern course that tested the game’s big hitters. It’s better than nearby Whistling Straits, with its stupid 967 bunkers. You should be able to hit driver. Contriving a course so that the Dustin Johnsons hit 5-wood all day is not the answer. Was 16-under too easy? Tell that to the world’s Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 10 golfers, who all missed the cut.
Davis’ course setups reward greatness, not boring, straight-hitters who make 69 pars. Koepka played one shot at a time. No average amateur – none of us! – plays one shot at a time. Think about that.