Brooks Koepka US Open 2023 Preview – Can PGA Champ get into contention over the weekend?

There was lots of hype surrounding Brooks Koepka ahead of this tournament. He looked back to his best at the PGA Championship a month ago, so plenty of people expected the five-time major winner to dazzle the crowds this week.

Unfortunately, it’s all been a bit underwhelming so far. Those in attendance at Los Angeles Country Club haven’t exactly seen Brooks at his best, and although he’s done enough to stick around for the weekend, his task now looks quite a tough one. As things stand, the two-time US Open winner is ten shots behind half-way-point leader Rickie Fowler, who sits pretty at the top of the leader board at -10.

Of course, we are talking about one of the best in the business here, so it’s far from out of the question that Koepka posts a low-scoring third round and fires himself right into contention ahead of the final day, but he’d certainly have to go some to really fight for the title, especially with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele going great guns up ahead.

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Brooks Koepka US Open Betting Odds (after round two)

Koepka was massively fancied by most firms ahead of the tournament, with quotes of 11/1 being the best on offer, but that’s no longer the case.

11/1 is long gone, and if you fancy Koepka to pull himself back into the running, then you can now get very sizable odds. BetVictor, Betfred, 10bet and StarSports are all offering 125/1, paying four places on each-way bets, so even if you think Koepka’s chances of winning have gone, but feel that with a solid third round he could steal a place, then 125/1 might be worth a stab.

bet365 and PaddyPower step with more caution where Koepka is concerned, as they know that he’s exactly the type of player to turn things around with a devastating third round. Such firms, alongside William Hill and betfair, rate Koepka as an 80/1 shot at this stage.

Brooks Koepka Tee Times (day three)

As he sits at level par, Brooks Koepka will be among the early players going out on day three. For UK viewers, the five-time major champion is set to tee off at 20:34, give or take a few minutes, while for those viewing in the US, you can see Koepka strike his first ball of day three at 15:34.

Has Brooks Koepka won the US Open?

Has Brooks Koepka won the US Open before? You bet he has. Not once, but twice has Brooks Koepka wrapped his hands around the famous US Open trophy. He first claimed glory in this tournament back in 2017, when he finished four shots in front of both Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. It was his first major win, though other victories in golf’s biggest events quickly followed.

Koepka successfully defended his US Open title at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (New York) in 2018, beating Tommy Fleetwood by a single shot in what was one of the toughest test in recent US Open history. By winning the US Open in successive years, Koepka became the first player to land the prize back-to-back since Curtis Strange did so in 1989.

Brooks Koepka US Open Record

The five-time major winner has an unsurprisingly strong record at the US Open. Between 2017 and 2021, Koepka’s US Open record was somewhat ridiculous. Not only did he win the competition in both 2017 and 2018, but he also finished second in 2019 and having not played due to injury in 2020, he returned to one of his favoured tournaments and finished fourth in 2021. In 2022, he was finished lower down the field in what was a rare off year for the major machine, though he still made the cut.

In addition to finishing no lower than fourth at the US Open between 2017 and 2021, Brooks Koepka also finished fourth in 2014, 18th in 2015 and 13th in 2015, so it’s fair to say that he’s always had a fondness for this tournament.

Form heading to Los Angeles Country Club

This time last year, Koepka was a player in trouble. He was failing to compete with the big boys, and as anyone who watched the Netflix documentary Full Swing will know, he was far from happy with his game. Something has clearly changed since, as we’ve seen a different Koepka this season, a Koepka that looks much more like the player who dominated the game between 2017 and 2019.

His form in recent times has been very good, which means that all should fear Koepka in Los Angeles this week, as we know how deadly he can be when on song. The 33-year-old will arrive in California having finished T12 at a LIV event in Washington a few weeks ago, while he won the PGA Championship prior to that. His overall form figures since the end of March read: Winner, T2, T11, 3rd, T5, Winner, T12. Such form should be taken seriously.

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