The Brooks Koepka-Brandel Chamblee back-and-forth has taken a flip this week as Koepka marches in the direction of back-to-back PGA Championships.
A month after the Golf Channel analyst criticized Koepka for deliberately shedding pounds for a reported picture shoot after which questioned his toughness, Chamblee hasn’t been shy along with his reward for the 29-year-old as Koepka makes historical past at Bethpage Black.
A day after evaluating the three-time main champ’s confidence to Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali, he likened the present state of Koepka’s recreation to Tiger Woods in 2000 on Saturday night time’s “Reside From the PGA.”
“That is Tiger in 2000 … it’s an athletic tsunami,” mentioned Chamblee. “He’s doing every little thing. No person has all of it. Tiger had all of it. Tiger is the one individual to have gained a serious championship by double digits within the final 100 years and he did it twice … and right here comes a man who has performed golf during the last three days with nothing lacking. Not one element of the sport lacking. And he’s on the cusp of constructing a double-digit lead.”
“As a golf fan, I’ve seen and browse some issues the place persons are saying [Koepka’s performance] is boring. But it surely wasn’t boring when Tiger was doing it. It was marveling at majesty, at greatness,” added David Duval. “I’m not saying he’s Tiger Woods by any stretch, however that’s how he’s taking part in golf proper now. You’ve received to understand this experience and this excellence.”
Koepka enters the ultimate spherical with a PGA report seven-shot lead by means of 54 holes at Bethpage and is on the verge of his fourth main victory in his final eight begins.
Woods, who’s sitting on 15 profession main victories, gained 9 of the 20 PGA Tour occasions he entered in 2000, together with the U.S. Open (by a report 15 strokes), The Open (by eight) and the PGA Championship (in a playoff).
He additionally gained the Masters in 2001 to turn into the primary ever to carry all 4 main titles on the similar time – a feat that has since turn into referred to as the Tiger Slam.