PGA TOUR

Brooks Koepka is not afraid of Tiger Woods


When the PGA Championship tees off at Bethpage Black on Thursday, it’ll mark the first time in more than a decade that Tiger Woods stands over the field as winner of the previous major.


While the golf world is curious to see how today’s players deal with the once-feared concept of a stalking Tiger, the one sure bet is that Koepka — the winner of the last two U.S.


The two players will be paired with reigning British Open champ Francesco Molinari for the first two rounds at Bethpage and it should make for must-see TV.


It’s Koepka now that inhabits the role of the tour’s master smasher, though rains early in the week could negate that advantage and favor Woods’ experience on the track instead.


Hearing Woods talk about Koepka on Tuesday — and vice versa — it’s clear that there’s a healthy respect between the two players who were Ryder Cup teammates last fall.


On Tuesday, he admitted that he knew a lot of the relative media slighting had to do with Woods’ reemergence, but that he wasn’t above internalizing it to manufacture a healthy-sized chip for his shoulder.






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