Seeking US Open three-peat, Koepka finds more motivation in perceived slight by Fox TV

It would seem the quarry would be bare of rock chips for Brooks Koepka to place on his broad shoulders.

Incredibly, after four major golf victories in fewer than two years, Koepka keeps finding more. It helps that he's got thousands of social media miners to help him.

On Tuesday at Pebble Beach, where Koepka will try to win a third straight U.S. Open beginning Thursday, the 28-year-old was asked in a news conference where the chips on his shoulder come from.

Koepka, who captured last month's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, admitted some of his resentment is self-created, but he also noted there was a video produced by Fox Sports to pump this U.S. Open, and that, as the two-time defending champion, he was not part of it.

There are actually four promos produced by Fox, and Koepka is in three of them. But Koepka and his supporters chose the lone omission to latch onto.

"There's a couple of things where it's just mind boggling," Koepka said. "It's, like, really? Like, how do you forget that?"

Later, Koepka said, "I didn't actually see (the promo) for a long time. A bunch of people on Twitter I think tagged me in it, and I guess were amazed that I wasn't in it. I just clicked on the link and saw it and watched it. Just kind of shocked. They've had over a year to kind of put it out. So I don't know. Somebody probably got fired over it or should."

Koepka was laughing for that last line, but he clearly will use it for motivation again in trying to become only the second player in U.S. Open history to win the tournament three straight years. When Koepka seized last year's Open at Shinnecock Hills, he joined Curtis Strange (1988-89) as the only back-to-back winners since Ben Hogan (1950-51).

Scotsman Willie Anderson captured his three straight U.S. Opens from 1903 through '05 in an era when the fields numbered fewer than 100 players.

Koepka said that on a trip to Scotland he believes he saw the home of Anderson, who died at the age of 31 from epilepsy. "I don't know much about him," he said. "Obviously, that was a long, long time ago."

Of possibly matching Anderson, Koepka said, "I haven't talked to anybody about going three in a row. I'm not thinking about it. I know the odds are stacked up probably even more against me now to go three in a row than to back it up. It's hard to win the same event three times in a row. I don't know how many times it's even been done on the PGA Tour, let alone a major championship."

In the modern playing of the four majors, only one man has won three straight of any single event; Australian Peter Thomson lifted the British Open's Claret Jug from 1954-56.

Remarkably, among the record 18 majors Jack Nicklaus won, he went back-to-back only once (1965 and '66 Masters). Thirty-one players in history have repeated at majors. Koepka is the current repeat champion of the U.S. Open and PGA.

Koepka was still in college when the 2010 U.S. Open was played at Pebble Beach, and his pro experience here is limited to a 2016 appearance in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He got two rounds in at Pebble and tied for eighth.

With Pebble playing at a short 7,075 yards, Koepka figures he'll hit his driver on only a couple holes all week, opting for 3-wood instead, and he doesn't feel as if it's a disadvantage.

"I've got a shorter club, it's easier to hit it on line," he said. "I should, technically, be more in the fairway than the guy who is hitting driver."

As he did at the PGA, Koepka contends that in a major, those players who begin the week with a legitimate chance to win number, at most, about a couple dozen. He doesn't want to hear complaints about how challenging the conditions are.

"Nobody wants to hear anybody's excuse," he said. "I find it annoying, even when I play with guys and they're dropping clubs or throwing them or complaining, like telling me how bad the golf course is or how bad this is. I don't want to hear it. I don't care. It doesn't matter to me. It's just something we've all got to deal with. If you play good enough, you shouldn't have a problem."