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Wednesday May 22nd 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 22.5.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE .ie CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 Sub Editor: John Craven CONTACT US Match Play Media Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2019. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, G13, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Contributors: Liam Kelly, Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Paul Gallagher, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle, Mark McGowan, Donal 'Doc' Hughes, GolfCentralDaily Design: EMCreative.ie Photography: Getty Images, Golffile, R&A, Pat Cashman, USGA Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team I n many ways, Bethpage Black was a predictable af- fair as the brawn of Brooks Koepka battered the field into submission at the year's second Major, the PGA Championship in New York's Long Island. While the pre-tournament spot- light hovered above Tiger Woods, biding his time in the shadows was the 29-year old Koepka who knew it was only a matter of time before he shared the stage with Woods - the pair grouped together on the opening day. Although the bookies respected Koepka's place atop the pecking order, maybe it was a lack of media attention that stoked a fire inside Brooks as a booming power-fade down the first signalled the Ameri- can's intent to lay down a marker as Molinari snap-hooked left and Woods flailed right. Tiger made double. Molinari a bogey. Koepka sank a 40-footer for a birdie 3. Four and a half hours later, Koep- ka walked off the course after fir- ing a bogey-free seven-under par 63 to open his account and with it, the fate of the tournament was practically sealed. We shouldn't be surprised. Since 2017 at the Majors, Koepka has led the field in strokes gained per round (3.09), birdies and ea- gles accumulated (153), rounds having led or co-led (10), score to par (-53) and scoring average (69.4). He has quickly become the dominant force in Major champi- onship golf and his four wins from the last eight Majors is testament to the meanest mindset in the sport. Can Tiger, Rory, DJ and co stop him in his pursuit of double-digits? Of course they can, but the bar has been raised by Brooks and new heights will need to be reached. He can talk off the course; he can play on it and now Brooks Koepka is fast becoming the most dominant force in golf. THE NEW STANDARD BEARER

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