Tough Chase as Koepka Junior Bids to Follow Brother's Path

By Dempster, Martin | The Scotsman, June 23, 2016 | Go to article overview

Tough Chase as Koepka Junior Bids to Follow Brother's Path


Dempster, Martin, The Scotsman


You really wouldn't want to be trying to follow in Brooks Koepka's spikemarks. In the three years since the American announced his arrival on thescenebylivinguptoa huge billing as he won theSSE Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore, he has rocketed into the world's top 20 and is now set fora Ryder Cup debutat Hazeltine in September.

Only time will tell if his younger brother can reach the same lofty heights in the game, but Chase Koepka certainlyhasthe name todo some catching up and, for starters, hesetsoutatMacdonald Spey Valley today trying to complete a family double at the Challenge Tour's traditional Scottish stop. "I'm 22, having just finished at the University of South Florida," said Koepka jnr, who watched his big brother use the European Tour's feedercircuittobecome accustomed to a different style of golf than the staple diet in the US and is now licking his lips over that same prospect.

"Brooks has given me lots of good advice about coming over here and, having just started outplaying professional golf, I really think the Challenge Tourisgoingtobea good spot for me. I'm going to try and play over here in Europe as much as I can and have also secured starts in Denmark and Slovakia," he added.

Onhisvisit here, Koepka snr secured instant promotion to the European Tour by securing histhird winof the season. He topped the Open qualifying at Sunningdale the following day and has never looked back, recording victories on both the European Tour and PGATour.

"He was very confident, which is one of the things that really helped him when he was starting out," observed Koepka jnr, who has been paired with Duncan Stewart, the top Scot on the Challenge Tour this season, and talented Frenchman Romain Langasque in the opening two rounds in the Highlands.

"He always showed he had that confidence to go out and win, but to go out and do it is a different thing. …

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