Defending PGA champ Koepka has confidence of an elite player

Published 1:16 p.m. ET May 14, 2019 | Updated 1:54 p.m. ET May 14, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods spent a half-hour answering all sorts of questions at a packed news conference Tuesday. As he walked out, so did more than half of the media members who gathered to hear his every word.

Brooks Koepka then immediately entered the room. Koepka is the titleholder of the PGA Championship and has won the last two U.S. Opens. To use a phrase familiar in these parts of Long Island, he is not exactly chopped liver.

That’s the way it goes for one of the favorites at long and, for now, very wet Bethpage Black.

Not that Koepka cares much about the attention, at least not until folks are cheering for the guy lifting the Wanamaker Trophy. Just the way they did last June about 60 miles east of Bethpage when he outlasted everyone at Shinnecock Hills for his second straight U.S. Open victory . He is trying to join Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship in stroke play; Woods did it twice.

“It’s always nice to defend, but being in New York, I’ve got good memories,” Koepka said. “It’s a fun place to play in front of the fans. They’re all energetic, and…

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