SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Maybe now he gets his due. Maybe now Brooks Koepka gets the big hype that had been reserved for Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
Maybe now we look beyond those popping biceps. His great uncle Dick Groat was a five-time All-Star and National League MVP for the Pirates and before that an All-American basketball player at Duke. For too long, dolts have wondered aloud if golfers were really athletes. Yet the opposite seemed true with Koepka. Maybe now we can stop looking at him as The Jock and start looking at him as a dominant American golfer.
Koepka has a jaw square enough, shoulders broad enough, a wrist healed enough to carry all of it. On a warm Sunday on Long Island, the 28-year-old did something Jack Nicklaus did not. At the 118th U.S. Open, yes, he did something Tiger Woods has not.
He won the U.S. Open in successive years. He is back-to-back champ. Patrick Reed may be Captain America, but Brooks Koepka, committed to play at the Travelers Championship this week in Cromwell, is field general of our national championship.