Justin Thomas: Comparing Brooks Koepka to Tiger Woods is unfair to everyone

If the comparisons weren’t already there before, they’re certainly rolling in now.

Brooks Koepka picked up his fourth major victory on Sunday at the PGA Championship, beating the field at Bethpage Black by two strokes after building an incredible seven-stroke lead heading into the final round.

Koepka now holds back-to-back titles at both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open, solidifying his spot at the top of the World Golf Rankings and climbing to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.

Naturally, golf fans have started comparing Koepka to Tiger Woods — who has 81 PGA Tour wins throughout his career and completely changed the golf world.

Justin Thomas, though, doesn’t think that comparison is fair.

"You can't compare any of us to Tiger because the stuff that Tiger did — nobody has come close to,” Thomas, who withdrew from the PGA Championship with a wrist injury, said Monday, via USA Today. “Now if Brooks continues this run and does this for 15 years, yeah you can compare the two somewhat. The guy's won four majors. Tiger's won 15."

Comparing Woods and Koepka in their current state doesn’t make much sense, either. Koepka, at 29-years-old, is in a very different place than the 43-year-old Woods — even with both of them winning a major this year. Woods is nearing the end of his career on Tour, while Koepka is in his prime.

But it’s Koepka’s dominant streak — five wins in the past three years while finishing in the top 13 in 12 of his last 14 major appearances — that has many thinking he can join Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen at 10 major victories. If he hits that mark, comparing Koepka to Woods may make more sense.

Regardless, Thomas said Koepka deserves his own respect. He’s more than earned that.

"They're just so different,” Thomas said, via USA Today. “It's not fair to Brooks either. Everyone should be bowing down to him and giving him the utmost respect because what he's done is nothing short of miraculous and unbelievable.

“I know I'm jealous of him. I'm just hoping somehow to do some of the same."

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FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States prepares to play his shot from the rough on the first hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Jordan Spieth of the United States falls to his knees after his shot out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the third round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 18, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Brooks Koepka of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green as Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States peers over a deep bunkers lip as he watches his third shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark plays a shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot from the rough on the third hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 19: Brooks Koepka of the United States celebrates holing the winning putt to secure his one shot win in the final round of the 2019 PGA Championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on May 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot from the rough on the third hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England, lines up a putt on the second green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Friday, May 17, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
John Daly drives up to the first tee in a golf cart during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the fourth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Alex Noren, of Sweden, checks his lie in the rough on the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Brooks Koepka putts on the 16th green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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