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A new number one and an old one refinds form

I doubt if many outside golf and a few inside it would recognise Brooks Koepka if he passed them in the street but they should do as the thrice Major champion is now golf number one. He achieved this by winning the  CJ Cup in a handsome fashion. After he won the US Open no one wanted to interview him – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are still the faces of modern golf even though neither have won a major for ages.

Brooks Koepka plied his early trade on the European Tour but his sound all around game of big hitting, precision green pitching and reliable putting gave him the edge of oldies like Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar, the thirties like Ricky Fowler and Jason Day, the twenty-somethings Jordan Spieth, Danny Berger and Patrick Reed and the new aspirants like Bryson deChambeau and Xander Schauffele.

Of his peers, only Justin Thomas now looks a serious rival.

Ironically he takes over as number one from Dustin Johnson his great friend with whom he had an altercation after the Ryder Cup.

Sergio Garcia is 37 and after winning the Masters – his first Major – two years ago went into something of decline.

Some including yours truly queried his Ryder Cup selection but we should not have done as cometh  the moment cometh the Spaniard. Bad weather interrupted the event in Valderrama so it has to be finished after 54 holes this morning. Sergio is 4 shots clear of Lee Westwood and should win it and give me my only golf weekend winner.

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts