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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 10 Brooks Koepka


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 10: Brooks Koepka

Born: May 3, 1990, Wellington, Fla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (1 on the European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,571,900 (19th) | World Ranking: 20

Gary Williams' Take: Koepka was on the cusp of representing the U.S. in the Presidents Cup before missing back-to-back cuts at the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship. After plowing his way into the top 50 in the world in 2014 by competing on the European Tour, he is ready to become a star stateside. He suffered an injury two weeks before The Masters in 2015, and it produced his worst result in the majors for the year, a tie for 33rd. He finished T18, T10, and T5 in the next three majors — very impressive stuff for a player who was exempt in all four majors for the first time in his career. Koepka has the firepower of Jason Day and Dustin Johnson and is a very good putter. This will be his first full season picking his schedule in America instead of globetrotting. He told me in December that winning a major and being on the Ryder Cup team were his primary goals. I expect him to fulfill one or both them, and if he achieves the first then the second is a mere formality.

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Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 10
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T33
    U.S. Open – T18
    British Open – T10
    PGA Championship – T5
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – T33 (2015)
    U.S. Open - T4 (2014)
    British Open – T10 (2015)
    PGA Championship – T5 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 5
Missed Cuts: 2

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