SportsPulse: Brooks Koepka was dominant in the final round to win the PGA Championship, while Tiger Woods’ continued resurgence electrified the crowd.
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With his victory Sunday in the PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka has won three major titles in 14 months. He becomes the fifth golfer to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the same year, joining Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan.
But where does he rank among the all-time great Brooks in sports? There isn’t a lot of competition. According to Nameberry.com, Brooks is a masculine name of British origin meaning, not surprisingly, of the brook. It ranked as the 204th most popular baby boy name of 2017.
Here is our ranking of the most accomplished Brooks in sports (not counting the running shoe company):
Brooks Robinson: Longtime Baltimore Orioles third baseman and Baseball Hall of Famer known for his flashy fielding skills, a winner of 16 Gold Glove awards.
Brooks Koepka: Two-time U.S. Open champion who claimed his third major Sunday in the PGA Championship.
Brooks Orpik: Veteran NHL defenseman who helped the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship in club history. Orpik had also earned a ring as a member of the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, making the San Francisco native the first California-born Cup winner.
Brooks Johnson: Member of the USA Track Coaches Hall of Fame, former Stanford and USA Olympic coach, his students include Olympic champions Evelyn Ashford and Chandra Cheeseborough.
Brooks Reed: Defensive end with Atlanta, entering his eighth NFL season with 20 1/2 career sacks. The former Arizona Wildcat was first-team all-Pac-10 in 2010 (yes, it was still the Pac-10 then).
Brooks Bollinger: Former Wisconsin quarterback, currently head coach at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota.