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"I'm not too concerned with it", he said.

Koepka has played the week before all four of his major victories, and he pointed to the fact that he's won back-to-back U.S. Opens despite finishing 30 or worse in each of his tune-up starts at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Lowry finished 12 in this tournament previous year. But we can count on Bubba and Webb to be among the players fighting for the 500 FedExCup points and $1,368,000 winner's share of the purse.

Whatever his blueprint is, it's working.

Koepka said Hamilton Golf and Country Club, which is hosting the RBC Canadian Open for the first time since 2012, is going to be a good test for the players this week. "I'm fully focused on this week, but knowing that if I play well here, this week, and have good control of my ball and my distance control, that will serve me well going into next week. He's good enough now where he can got a pretty good beat on the course". Plus, Thomas has made the top 12 in four major tournaments since 2017, including taking down that year's PGA Championship by two shots. It's a week he uses to build on his rhythm and sharpen his putting stroke.

It hasn't been. In 2019, there were many changes to the PGA schedule from 2018.

This week the examination he faces is stern.

Altogether, the top 5 includes Dustin Johnson at 11:2, Brooks Koepka at 7:1, Rory McIlroy at 19:2, Justin Thomas at 15:1, and Matt Kuchar at 19:1.

"It was nice to kind of recharge mentally and kind of try to soak it in a little bit". "You've got to hit the fairways, and these greens are quite slopey".

"The rough is pretty thick as well, so if you miss it in the rough you're doing well to get it up by the green".

"I think the fans are always so supportive".

Ahh, yes, next week.

A win next week at the historic tournament would make Koepka just the second golfer in history to win three consecutive years.

Koepka had two weeks off after winning the PGA Championship at Bethpage last month, and says he did not touch a club during the fortnight, preferring to relax before hopefully playing his way back into form in Canada.

"I don't know", he said.

Even those of us who play just for fun - if you can ever really do that with golf - know how much more hard it is to go around a course you've never been on before. It's a major championship. "I don't know the golf course as well as I know Glen Abbey, where I played a lot of Opens".

Also, the model says four other golfers with 2019 U.S. Open odds of 20-1 or longer make a strong run at the title, including a monster long shot. "If you hit the fairways and hit every green you're not going to have any problems". I enjoy it. It's fun.

Conners said hoisting the trophy here would be "a dream come true", while Hadwin said winning the tournament would be right up there with some of the biggest events in golf. "I got a plan together and to be familiar with the terrain, know what to expect and just definitely an added comfort level for the Canadians". There's a lot of people that can win that golf tournament.

"It doesn't matter if they go in or not, I just want to feel confident".

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