This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
If Brooks Koepka is going to add WGCs to the tournaments he cares about, well, everybody else surely will be playing for second place. Of course, they already were, as Koepka is nearing completion on a second straight year of world golf domination.
Koepka won a World Golf Championship event for the first time on Sunday, turning an anticipated slugfest with Rory McIlroy at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational into a slow but steady technical knockout. Koepka finished six shots clear of McIlroy, who was reduced to a tie for fourth in another final-group implosion. Koepka wound up winning comfortably by three, but it was over fast-charging Webb Simpson.
Koepka, 29, and McIlroy, 30, were born almost exactly one year apart and both have four majors. But the distance between the world's Nos. 1 and 3 golfers is akin to a 400-yard drive at Kapalua. Even No. 2 Dustin Johnson, surely now regretting all he shared with Koepka over the past few years, is far behind his workout buddy. (Are they still working out together? Hard to envision that's still going on.)
Koepka now has a whopping 12.6824 world ranking points. He leads Johnson (9.4337) by 3.2487 points, McIlroy (8.4800) by 4.2024 and No. 5 Tiger Woods (6.9333) by 5.7491. By comparison, the gap between Koepka and Woods is almost the same as between Woods and No. 129-ranked Brendan Jones (1.1858).
The wins for Koepka are now coming with such great ease; it's as if he's almost toying