LAMM AT LARGE: Brooks Koepka should be favorite at PGA Championship

LAMM AT LARGE: Brooks Koepka should be favorite at PGA Championship

By: David Lamm

The odds to win this week’s PGA Championship start with Tiger Woods and are followed by the usual suspects.

Of the top 10 in the World Golf Rankings, only Xander Schauffele is not among the top-10 favored golfers. John Rahm takes his spot with the bookies.

I don’t disagree with the odds-makers. The winner likely will come from that group.

But why is Brooks Koepka not the No. 1 favorite? He is the defending champion. He has won the last two U.S. Opens. He’s coming off a 4th-place finish (20 under par) in the Nelson Classic. He finished tied for second in the Masters, one shot behind Tiger.

The site of this week’s PGA, Bethpage Black, favors length. Few hit it past the former Seminole, who is the third favorite along with Rory McIlroy, behind only Tiger and Dustin Johnson.

Koepka is right. He doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

But that has to change if he wins another major. I don’t care how stoic he is n the course and his lack of colorful quotes.

Fate deals Rockets bad hand

Before we get to the NBA conference finals, allow me to look back to the Houston Rockets one more time.
Nearly everyone I’ve read or heard talk about the Rockets want to blow them up: fire the coach, Mike D’Antoni, rework the roster, rework James Harden’s game and then some.

I suggest everyone slow down. Fate has dealt the Rockets one of the most frustrating hands in sports: Being the second-best team of your era. Surely Georgia football fans can understand what I’m saying. There are plenty of example examples.

Yes, the Rockets lost again to the Golden State Warriors, the kingpin of the NBA. This time the series lasted six games, all decided by six points are less.

Six points!

That’s a couple of baskets at either end of the court. That’s a turnover here, a bad call there. That’s called about as even a series as you can get.