FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – One doesn’t suppose weak spot after they consider Brooks Koepka, notably at main championships, however following his record-breaking begin on the PGA Championship on Thursday the three-time Grand Slam winner conceded a uncommon shortcoming.
“I am not essentially the most assured individual on Poa, consider it or not. I do know I received Shinnecock on Poa, however I have never performed on it an excessive amount of,” mentioned Koepka, who received final 12 months’s U.S. Open on that individual placing floor.
It may need been a fair larger shock that he was in a position to submit a 7-under 63 to match the PGA Championship scoring file and high the Bethpage Black course file by a stroke.
He opened his day with a 40-footer for birdie on the 10th gap and wanted simply 25 putts on Bethpage’s Poa greens, on his solution to an early benefit. For Koepka, his newfound confidence on the greens, be they Poa or one other floor, stems from some work along with his short-game coach Pete Cowen earlier than the Masters.
“It was good as a result of I used to be doing it by myself,” Koepka mentioned. “To have him again and simply type of contact up some velocity management, he comes over to the home each evening and we simply putt downstairs within the basement and ensure every little thing is okay tuned and able to go.”