Brooks Koepka could match a golf record lasting more than a century if he levels up with Willie Anderson’s long-held status as the only sportsman to have won the US Open three years in a row.
Anderson achieved the feat in 1905 and Koepka enters this year’s tournament knowing he will have to see off the likes of favourite Rory McIlroy and Masters winner Tiger Woods if he is to earn his own hat-trick of successive wins.
Koepka is in formidable form after winning the US PGA Championship in style to rocket to number one in the world.
His victory in 2018 meant he became the first player since Curtis Strange, who won in 1988 and 1989, to achieve back-to-back US Open triumphs.
That win also meant he joined a list of just three post-war players to have done the double in two years, with Ben Hogan picking up the trophy in 1950 and 1951.
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The American golfer has recorded a stellar list of achievements in a relatively short golfing career to date.
He picked up around £1.75m for his PGA win and has added to his net worth through various endorsement deals he has agreed with big-name brands.
His partnerships include footwear giant Nike which has also had deals with players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Apart from Nike, Koepka has another deal with beer company Michelob Ultra.
Koepka enjoys a glamorous lifestyle alongside girlfriend Jena Sims, a 30-year-old American actress, model and beauty pageant title-holder.
He has admitted to feeling surprised at his celebrity status when the pair go out together and considers himself fortunate to have become an extraordinarily talented golfer.
Asked whether he had thought about matching Anderson’s ancient record, Koepka said: “I haven’t talked to anybody about going three in a row.
“I’m not thinking about it. I know the odds are stacked against me, probably even more so now, to go three in a row.
“It’s hard to win the same event three times in a row. I don’t even know how often it’s been done on the PGA tour, let alone at a Major.
“We were in Scotland last year and we saw Willie’s name on a building – I guess where he used to live, which is pretty cool.
“I don’t know too much about him. Obviously that was a long, long time ago.”
Koepka will swell his bank account and commercial value should he walk away with a winner’s prize fund expected to be well on the way to £2m at the end of the US Open.
He said: “When I’m done playing, I’ll look back and reflect. But as I’m playing right now, I don’t want to look back and really reflect on what I’ve done.
“I’m still, I guess, in the prime of my career right now. I’ll reflect when I’m done.”
The 29-year-old had never won a Major before his 2017 US Open win.