By Craig Kemp
11th June 2019
What happened in the year 1956?
Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel to enter the US charts for the first time, the earliest Eurovision Song Contest took place in Switzerland and Marilyn Monroe officially changed her name from Norma Jean Mortenson, before marrying Arthur Miller.
In the sporting landscape, unbeaten heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired, while 1956 was also the last instance of a golfer winning the same major for the third year in succession.
Peter Thomson was completing an Open Championship hat-trick, with the Australian beating Flory Van Donck by three strokes to add to his victories in 1954 and 1955.
The same opportunity awaits Brooks Koepka in the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach in a year that he’s also already finished second at the Masters (behind Tiger Woods) and triumphed at the PGA Championship.
Despite this phenomenal major record, Koepka remains 9/1 in the US Open tournament winner market, behind Rory McIlroy and level with Dustin Johnson.
Koepka in majors since 2017
The 29-year-old has been so inspired in major championships since the start of 2017 that he’s racked up a combined score of -54, which is despite missing the 2018 Masters with a wrist injury.
This score is 21 shots superior to any other player across the same span of majors, with Jordan Spieth ranking second in this regard. In fact, only three players have performed better than -18 in this period.
Just how well Koepka has operated in the last two years is further enhanced by the fact that of the last 36 major rounds that he’s played, he’d have been positioned within the top five of the leaderboard for 22 of them.
Four times during his career Woods managed to successfully defend a major, but never once did he complete the three-peat. Will Brooks achieve what Woods hasn’t up until now?
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