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Mark Reason: Feel the love for Brooks Koepka and Nick Kyrgios



OPINION : What's up with Brooks Koepka? In the last two days he has broken the record in the mid-term standings at big championships with two clear shots with amazing rounds of 63 and 65. He said the tiger crowd, you can roar, but I'll score and smash the Masters champion by 17 shots. And yet there is something about Koepka that seems to rub people in the wrong way.

Are golf fans so excited because the young American is a torn beefcake that looks like he just ran out of an episode of Baywatch After saving Nubile Inflatable from the throbbing surf, or is it, because he says the kind of things that are supposed to disregard the big game?

If it's the latter, then I have a problem. What is this disrespectful thing? Half of it is completely wrong. Nick Kyrgios is said to disregard the tennis game. What a load of Slazenger balls. Did you hear the podcast he just made with New York Times writer Ben Rothenberg? Apart from the fact that Kyrgios has more "like-minded" people in his conversation than Cristiano Ronaldo on Facebook, it's great.

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Kyrgios had just defeated Daniil Medvedev in a quarter final at the Rome Open, a match he opened with a serve under the arms and almost missed, because he slept through his alarm clock Come on, Nick, what about this armpit affair? It's disrespectful.

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How stupid is that? If a cracker wants to be two miles off the baseline, give him the quick serve under the arms. Do something different. Refresh something. As Kyrgios says, "I do not understand why I have to respect them automatically, all they do is hit a ball across the net … it's just tennis."

This seems to me to be a normal view of the world. Kyrgios is amused by people who "consider themselves important because they are good at tennis". We should all be amused. It's really funny. As strange as people think they are important because they are good at rugby. Or golf.

And then Kyrgios Djokovic unloaded. If you read this stuff in the cold light of the pressure, you will not get the sound. They are a gentle humor in Kyrgio's voice. He sounds like a guy we would all like to drink a beer with. It was not a rant or tantrum. It was, "Hmm, what's wrong with this guy?"

If you missed it, Kyrgios said so about Djokovic. "I just feel like he has a sick obsession to be liked, he wants to be like Roger (Federer), he wants to be liked so much that I just can not stand him, all this celebration (if Djokovic turns around) all parts of the place) are so worthy.

 Nick Kyrgios does not hold back his opinion of other top players.

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Nick Kyrgios does not hold his opinion of other top players.

"He's a master of the sport, one of the biggest we'll ever see. Honestly, I think he will get the Grand Slam count. I think he'll pass by Federer … No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he'll never be the greatest for me, just because I played him twice, and I'm sorry, but if you can not beat me, you It is not the biggest of all times.

"If you look at my daily practice and how much I train and how much I use, it's zero compared to him." Federer will always be the greatest of all times. "Djokovic just rubs me wrong. what he considers necessary never says what he thinks.

"The celebration just kills me. That's what I'll do the next time I play against him and defeat him. I'm doing his celebration in front of him. That would be funny. Right?

 Koepka fails at the 18th hole during the second round of the 2017 PGA Championship.

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Koepka beats at the 18th hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship on Saturday.

Yes, I think, but let's not forget that Djokovic made very funny imitations of the top players as a kid and they really did not like it, maybe he thought it was easier to adapt, maybe he thought it be easier to pretend respect.

But give me Kyrgios every day and that brings me back to Koepka because he is strangely a combination of Kyrgios and Djokovic, he gets in trouble when he gives his opinion the part of Kyrgios, but if he's super good when he wins, he just will not get the love of a tiger or a Mickelson or a Federer or a Nadal and it'll scratch like it's scratching Djokovic.

Before the start the PGA Mei Koepka said he would win because he was the most self-confident player on the field. "I see no reason why I can not reach double digit numbers (in big wins), what good is it if I fear someone."

 Brooks Koepka played the first two days with Tiger Woods, defeating the Masters champion 17 shots.

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Brooks Koepka played with Tiger Woods in the first two days, defeating the Masters Champion with 17 shots.

Koepka said of the 156 players who started: "80 of them I'm just going to beat". Half of the rest will just not play well. He will, of course. Then you are "around 35, some of them will get the pressure, just leave with a few more and you have to beat those guys … If you just hang out, good things will happen, I turned it down." [19659002OfcourseJackNicklaussaidsomethingverysimilarbutthatwasfinebecauseJacksaiditButKoepkaWhathashedone?Wellhehaswonthreeofthelastsevenmajorshehasplayedinandfinishedsecondinlastmonth'sMastersAndheknowsheshouldhavewoninAugustaTigerhadtwobigstrokesofluckwhileKoepkaputawell-hitballinthewaterasthewindturnedandcaughthimandafewplayersandhedrepputtetefivetimes

But Koepka took well, saying how Tigers cool win really sounded as if he meant it, and only a few turns away from becoming one of the big names in the game. Maybe he is already. When he shot 63 in the opening round at Bethpage, he was the only man to have scored twice in a major, Greg Norman and Vijay Singh. His last 13 rounds in big championships are 65, 63, 70, 69, 71, 66, 66, 63, 69, 68, 72 and 66. That's absurd. It is an average of 67. Koepka can also follow. The average score after a 63 in majors is 72.5. There is an inevitable disappointment. We are human beings. But Koepka has supported his 63 with 66 and 65.

There was a significant moment when Tiger went down the track in Augusta. He wanted to know what Koepka had in front of him. No one else, just Koepka, because Koepka is different. After Tiger won in Augusta, Padraig Harrington said, "Scary Tiger is back." Not to Koepka. Throughout his career, the opposition has been defeated by Tiger. Koepka played in front of Tigers gallery and annihilated him here on the track where Tiger won 17 years ago.

Half way, Koepka led the PGA with seven shots by Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott. Koepka can be caught. We all remember what happened to Greg Norman or even Spieth himself. But if Koepka rolls the field, what then? Nicklaus was hated when he beat Arnold Palmer. But he became the beloved Golden Bear.

Maybe we see the machine only in Koepka, if all we want is magic. We want Tiger's Wonderfulls or Federer's Grace, those almost spiritual moments that make the human condition seem extraordinary. It makes us bored. But sooner or later, almost every great athlete, from McEnroe to Nicklaus, will find a way into our hearts. And maybe one day Koepka will also be loved and America will become a nation of Brooklovers


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