OPINION: Just what is wrong with Brooks Koepka? For the past two days he has broken the record scoring halfway in the big championship with two clear shots with amazing 63 and 65 rounds. He said to the Tigers, you can roar, but I will score, and destroy the Masters champions with 17 punches. But there is something about the Koepka that seems to rub people the wrong way.
Are golf fans so angry that the American youth is a torn beef cake that seems to have just run out of the episode Baywatch after saving a few nubile blows from the waves that hit or is it because he says things that should not respect great games?
If the last one, then I have a problem. What is the thing about this insult? Half of it is really fake. Nick Kyrgios shouldn't respect the game of tennis. It's really Slazenger's ball load. Have you ever heard of a podcast he just did? New York time writer Ben Rothenberg. Despite the fact that Kyrgios has more "likes" in his conversation than Cristiano Ronaldo on Facebook, that's great.
Kyrgios has just beaten Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals at the Rome Open, a match that opened with armpit service and almost failed because he slept with his alarm. Come on, Nick, what's with this armpit service. This is not polite.
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How stupid is that? If some old grandfather wants to stand two miles behind the baseline why not slip it into a fast armpit service. Do something different. The Jazz. As Kyrgios said, "I don't understand why I have to respect them automatically. All they do is hit the ball on the net … It's just tennis."
For me this is a completely normal view of the world. Kyrgios is confused by people who "consider them important because they are good at tennis." We all have to be confused. Very strange. It is as strange as people think they are important because they are good at rugby. Or golf.
And then Kyrgios was demoted in Djokovic. When you read these things in cold print light, you won't get a tone. They are gentle humor in the voice of Kyrgios. He sounds like a man we all like to drink beer. That is not harsh words or anger. That, & # 39; Hmm, what's with this guy? & # 39;
If you miss it, then this is what Kyrgios said about Djokovic; "I just feel he has a sick obsession with the desire to be liked, he wants to be like Roger (Federer). He really wants to be liked so I can't stand it. All these celebrations (when Djokovic turned to all parts of the court) are very fussy .
"He is a sports champion, one of the greatest we have ever seen. I honestly think he will get a grand slam count. I think he will pass Federer … No matter how many grand slams he wins, he will never be the one best for me just because I've played it twice and I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're not the greatest of all time.
"If you look at my practice everyday and how much I practice and how much I enter, it's zero compared to him. Federer will always be the greatest of all time. Djokovic just rubbed me the wrong way. He always said what he said he needed to say, never said his opinion.
"The celebration only killed me. That's what I did next time I played it and I beat it. I did the celebration in front of it. That would be very funny. Right?"
Yes, I guess. But don't forget that Djokovic used to do very funny imitations from top players when he was little and they really didn't like him. So maybe he thinks it's easier to adjust. Maybe he thought it was easier to fake respect.
But give me Kyrgios at any time. And that brought me back to Koepka because in a strange way he was a combination of Kyrgios and Djokovic. He got into trouble because he spoke his mind. That's part of Kyrgios. But when he is very good, when he wins, he doesn't get love from Tiger or Mickelson or Federer or Nadal. And it's grates, like that grates on Djokovic …
Before the start of the PGA Championship Koepka said that he thought he would win because he was the most confident player in the field. "I see no reason why I can't get double digits (in big wins). What's the use of fearing anyone."
Koepka said that out of 156 players who started, "80 of them I will only defeat". Half of the rest will not play well. Of course he will. Then you "go down to around 35, some of them will get pressure. Just give you a few extras and you have to defeat those people … If you just hang around good things will happen. I dummy it down."
Of course Jack Nicklaus said something very similar, but it's okay because Jack said it. But Koepka. What he did. Well, he won three of the last seven majors he has ever participated in and also finished second at the Masters last month. And he knew he should win at Augusta. Tiger has two big luck shots, while the Koepka puts the ball in the water when the wind shifts and catches it and several players come out and he enters three times five times.
But Koepka took it well, said how cool Tiger victory was, it really sounded like he meant, and now only a few more rounds to become one of the best in the game. Maybe already. When he shot 63 in the opening round at Bethpage, he joined Greg Norman and Vijay Singh as the only people who shot 63 times in the major.
Now he has broken the record for half the main road of all time with two clear blows. His last 13 rounds in major championships were 65, 63, 70, 69, 71, 66, 66, 66, 63, 69, 68, 72 and 66. That doesn't make sense. On average 67. Koepka can also follow up. The average value after 63 in the department is 72.5. There is an inevitable disappointment. We are human. But Koepka has supported 63 of them with 66 and 65.
There was a perfect moment when Tiger went down the stretch at Augusta. He wanted to know what the Koepka was doing in front. There is no other person, only Koepka, because the Koepka is different. After Tiger won at Augusta, Padraig Harrington said, "Scary Tiger is back." Not for Koepka. Throughout his career, the opposition has prostrated before Tiger. Playing in front of the Tiger gallery, Koepka destroyed it here, on the path where Tiger won 17 years ago.
In the middle of the road Koepka led the PGA with seven shots from Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott. Koepka can be captured. We all remember what happened to Greg Norman or even Spieth himself. But if the Koepka rolls up the fields, then how. Nicklaus was hated when he used to beat Arnold Palmer. But he became a beloved Golden Bear.
Maybe we just saw the engine on the Koepka when all we wanted was a miracle. We want Tiger magic shots or Federer's grace, almost spiritual moments that make the human condition look extraordinary. It lifts us from ignorance. But sooner or later almost every great sportsman, from McEnroe to Nicklaus, finds a way into our hearts. And so maybe Koepka will be loved one day and America will be the nation of Brooklovers