His résumé is heavy with main championship accomplishments, and Brooks Koepka has considerably famously let or not it’s recognized that the common tournaments are usually not a lot of a precedence to him.
So a few missed cuts late in a protracted 12 months that has seen its share of damage struggles for Koepka won’t look like that huge of deal, even along with his made-for-TV match with Bryson DeChambeau looming on Friday.
Then once more, there Koepka was just a few weeks in the past in Houston hitting balls with darkness setting in, underneath the lights, making an attempt to work out the problems in what has been a troubling recreation for the higher a part of three months.
“I have been taking part in dangerous for thus lengthy, so I am simply making an attempt to play my manner out of this factor and determine it out,” Koepka stated. “Hopefully we come out on the opposite aspect quickly.”
Koepka stated that on the World Broad Know-how Championship at Mayakoba, the place he missed the reduce by 4 photographs. Per week later in Houston, he once more missed the reduce, this time by 3 strokes.
DeChambeau did not miss the chance to poke some enjoyable at Koepka concerning the missed cuts to hype “The Match.” He tweeted out the photograph of Koepka along with his eyes closed from earlier this 12 months within the video that went viral, sparking their monthslong feud that led to the 12-hole made-for-TV (4 p.m. ET Friday, TNT) encounter.
Since a tie for sixth at The Open in July, Koepka has performed eight tournaments with a greatest results of a tie for twenty second on the BMW Championship. A wrist damage suffered in the course of the third spherical of the Tour Championship whereas hitting a tree root brought about him to withdraw. It additionally, briefly, put unsure the Ryder Cup, the place he ended up taking part in 4 matches and going 2-2.
Apart from a Sunday singles victory at Whistling Straits in an overwhelming United States victory over Europe, there’s not been a lot for Koepka to get enthusiastic about.
And but, he contended in three main championships and received his first match in additional than a 12 months on the Waste Administration Phoenix Open in February.
He adopted that with a tie for second on the WGC-Workday Championship and gave the impression to be trending for a powerful Masters when he suffered a freak accident at his dwelling in March, injuring his proper knee — he handled left knee issues all through 2019 and 2020 — resulting in a process.
He had surgical procedure March 16 to take care of knee cap dislocation and ligament injury. The damage occurred, he stated, whereas with household in Florida. Koepka stated he slipped and it required his knee be put again into place.
Koepka one way or the other returned on the Masters, the place he was clearly in misery, and missed the reduce. He additionally missed the reduce on the Byron Nelson Championship every week previous to the PGA, however he managed to get himself into competition on the main and into the ultimate pairing with eventual winner Phil Mickelson.
All through all this, Koepka downplayed the problems, and he managed to have that sturdy stretch of tournaments that included a tie for second on the PGA, a tie for fourth on the U.S. Open, a tie for fifth on the Vacationers Championship and a tie for sixth at The Open.
But it surely’s been nothing however a wrestle within the following three months.
“I am wholesome now, so I can observe and do every thing I need to do. I’ve simply been grinding, man,” he stated. “You undergo durations the place you simply really feel such as you’ve acquired no management of the clubhead or you do not know precisely the place your swing is and what you are doing. It is simply irritating.
“I do not assume I am taking part in as dangerous as most likely I’ve let on, however the consistency’s simply not there, there’s sure photographs that simply aren’t there. Not what I am used to seeing I assume is an efficient method to put it. It has been robust — I imply, accidents for 2 years. I’ve acquired surgical procedure on the proper knee. Left knee’s higher now, however it wasn’t good for some time. You begin making compensations.
“When my knee bends a bit bit, I nonetheless do not understand how far it is bending. If everyone’s ever had surgical procedure, you continue to do not know form of the place you are at for a bit and possibly hesitant.”
Koepka wasn’t planning on taking part in the occasion in Mexico, “however I am not going to get any higher sitting at dwelling,” he stated. “Generally you discover one thing, that one golf shot on the seventeenth gap, you hit it and you have a sense. You by no means know, you would rattle off 12 months, couple of months. It is perhaps simply from that one swing.”
Apparently, Koepka was nonetheless looking for that swing in Houston.
That does not imply the eight-time PGA Tour winner — he has the identical variety of wins as DeChambeau — will not be as much as the duty Friday.
Given who he’s taking part in in opposition to and the relative quantity of animosity constructed up all year long — regardless of their Ryder Cup truce — you may wager the four-time main champion is treating the 12-hole exhibition practically the identical.