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Can Brooks Koepka make it three US Open wins in a row?

The US Open begins later this week, with Pebble Beach, California the location for the third major championship of the year. Among the hopefuls to take the green is Brooks Koepka, the winner of the last two US Open tournaments. A third win would see him make history, as no-one has won the US Open three times consecutively for over a century. Betting on US Open 2019 winner? Koepka is the current joint-favourite, alongside Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, but check out all the latest odds online. Can he make it three US Open wins in a row?

History says no

The last golfer to win the US Open three years running was Scotland’s Willie Anderson, between the years of 1903 and 1905 – in fact, to date, he’s the only player in US Open history to secure a hat-trick of successive wins. He also holds the record for the most wins in the tournament, with four; a record he shares with several other players including Jack Nicklaus.

Six players since have come close, winning the US Open back-to-back, with Koepka included in that stat. But not one of them has managed the feat of three wins. Koepka will be looking to change that; however, it’s fair to say that history is not on his side.

US Open preparations

Last month, Koepka made it four wins in major tournaments when he won the PGA Championship for a second year running, beating Dustin Johnson by two strokes. After a 15-day break, he returned for the Canadian Open just last week, but wasn’t too bothered about the result, using it is a stepping stone to prepare for the Open.

"It doesn't really matter about the result. I couldn't care less what happens," the American said. "As long as I can leave feeling confident, striking the ball very well, starting it where I want to, finishing where I want to, hit some good putts, it doesn't matter if they go in or not, I just want to feel confident leaving".

Koepka finished T50, two under par. McIlroy won the Canadian Open, finishing 22 under par and seven strokes ahead of Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

US Open and competition

Brooks has been grouped with Francesco Molinari (30/1) and amateur Viktor Hovland for the first two rounds at Pebble Beach. While he’s one of the favourites with bookies to win the Open (8/1) for the third time, he knows that history is against him.

"The name has come up quite a bit in the last year," Koepka said of Anderson. "I know what I'm chasing and trying to accomplish.

"Every time (in a major), you've got 144 guys or 150 guys, whatever it is. There are a lot of people who can win that golf tournament. You've just got to go out and take care of business," he concluded.

Looking at the rest of the field, three-time winner Tiger Woods (10/1) is grouped with fellow American Jordan Spieth (16/1) and England’s Justin Rose (20/1). Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy (also 8/1) is alongside Jon Rahm (25/1) and Marc Leishman. Graeme McDowell who was successful in 2010 when the Open was held again at Pebble Beach is grouped with America’s Dustin Johnson (8/1) and Phil Mickelson (40/1).

As Brooks says, there’s plenty of competition, but having won four of the last nine majors available, surely the tournament is his to lose?