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Brooks Koepka, Happily in the Shadows, Sets Bethpage Black Record

Ben Solomon for The New York Times

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka has won three of the last eight major golf championships, including last year’s P.G.A. Championship. He ranks third in the world, he tied for second at this year’s Masters, and he has not shot a round over par since mid-March.

But Thursday, to most fans flocking to the first round of the 2019 Championship at Long Island’s Bethpage State Park Black Course, Koepka was merely one of the guys playing in the same group with the event’s headliner, Tiger Woods.

Koepka did not take it personally.