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Koepka facing long odds for another US Open title

Brooks Koepka is facing some long odds as he pursues another US Open title.
Credit: David J. Phillip
Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California on Monday, June 10, 2019.

PEBBLE BEACH, California -- Brooks Koepka is going for a third straight U.S. Open title aware that the odds are stacked against him.

The only player to go back-to-back-to-back in golf's toughest test was Willie Anderson in 1905.

Koepka doesn't know much about Anderson. He pointed to more recent history when talking about his quest at Pebble Beach. It has been eight years since anyone has won the same tournament three straight times, much less a U.S. Open. That was Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic.

Koepka also considered the field of players trying to stop him. One key figure is Dustin Johnson, who has won twice at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and has finished no worse than third in three of the last four U.S. Opens.