After watching Brooks Koepka successfully defend his title at this year’s U.S Open amongst all the controversy and side shows it is pretty clear that very little gets to the quietly spoken 28 year old. This also carries through to his scheduling and shows as he is not afraid to buck the norm and do his own thing.
Last year after claiming his first Major Koepka didn’t touch a club for a month following. Hardly the ideal preparation for the Open at Royal Birkdale, did that stop him performing? No he went about his business and finished T-6, not bad for someone fresh off a month with no competitive golf.
Again this year Koepka has bucked the trend by playing the week after claiming his second U.S Open and becoming the first player to do so since Justin Rose in 2013. Admittedly Kopeka was running on fumes and even slept through his usual wake up time of 6am on the Sunday of the Travellers which is extremely unusual for him.
“I felt like today was kind of the first day I got everything back,” Koepka said. “I was definitely running behind, but it was nice to catch up on some sleep.”
Finishing at 9-under T19 with four sub par rounds Koepka was hardly making up the numbers this week and by his own admission if it wasn’t for some key mistakes something special could have occurred.
“I feel like my game’s in a good spot, played really well this week. Just some stupid mistakes and mental errors. That’s all it was, lack of focus and low energy. To be honest with you, I’m not surprised. I did play well though, I putted well, and I’m somewhat pleased.”
So whats next for the American Powerhouse? Some well earned time off with his buddies before heading on a bachelor party, sounds like a great way to celebrate being the U.S Open Champ to me.
“We’ve got 11 guys that I’m pretty close with, so I’m looking forward to hanging out with them in Boston for a few days and then (getting) back down to West Palm for a night, and then we’re off to my best friend’s bachelor party,” Koepka said. “I was really hoping to get some rest, but I don’t know how much that will happen.”
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