It was a masterclass from Brooks Koepka at Bethpage Black to land his fourth Major title in under two years – and a nice 11-1 winner for us.
Despite his Sunday wobble, Brooks showed why he is the man for the Majors. The question now is can he go on and win a hat trick of US Open wins at Pebble Beach next month?
Before that though, we turn our attentions to the bread and butter of the PGA and European Tours with two great events in the Charles Schwab Challenge (formerly the Fort Worth Invitational) and the Made In Denmark.
We’ll start in Texas, where the 7,209 yards Colonial CC is not a course which can be overpowered off the tee. Finding fairways to play into the smaller than average greens is the key to success at the par 70 track. The signature section of the course are holes 3, 4 and 5, which are collectively known as The Horrible Horseshoe, made up of two par three’s and a par four, and this is the toughest stretch the players face.
Despite the fact that the event falls straight after a Major Championship there are plenty of big names, headed by defending champion Justin Rose, and including Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and a resurgent Jordan Spieth.
Of these, with Rose having the onus of defending upon him and with Rickie’s record here being relatively poor, Rahm and local man Spieth make most appeal, and it is the Spaniard Rahm who marginally gets our headline vote.
Rahm arrives here on the back of a missed cut at the PGA Championship, however rather than having had the heat of the battle for four days at a tough Bethpage, the weekend off may well serve him in good stead and he will be raring to go here.
I am happy to ignore what in effect was one bad round on Friday last week and instead focus on his great course form.
Fifth and second on his only two previous visits to Colonial, Rahm is on record as to saying how much the course suits his eye and the 12-1 is worth taking in a tournament where Paddy is paying 8 places before Thursday’s tee off.
Next on the list is another man who had the weekend off at Bethpage, 2017 Colonial Champion, Kevin Kisner at 30/1. In simple terms, Bethpage was way too long for Kisner. Again, I’m happy to ignore that missed cut and focus on his strong form this year, along with his great course record.
Two who appeal at bigger prices are Joel Dahmen (66/1) and Graeme McDowell 60/1). Both are the type of strong, tee-to-green players who go well at Colonial, both are in great form of late and both performed solidly at Bethpage considering their comparative lack of length off the tee.
Finally, I shall complete my team with Texas native Kramer Hickok (125/1). Hickok was brought up watching this event as a kid and knows the course like the back of his hand. He was 16th last time out at the Byron Nelson, another local Texas event, and this talented rookie who won on the Web.com tour last year has the potential to spring a shock at a three-figure each-way price.
The Made In Denmark tournament – where Paddy’s paying the first 7 home before Thursday’s tee off – returns to the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort in Farso, where it was held for the first four years from 2014.
A par 71 playing to 6,881 yards, the course has a links-style feel to it, and the wind is its main form of defence.
My strategy here is to ignore players who were in the heat of the battle at Bethpage, such as the in-form Matt Wallace. The two I like are the talented Belgian Thomas Detry (30/1) who was 14th here on his only previous visit and Scot Richie Ramsay (50/1) who played very nicely last time out at Hillside.
*Odds correct at time of posting