Koepka brimming with confidence
ahead of title defence
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[August 05, 2020]
By Rory Carroll
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A confident
Brooks Koepka said on Tuesday he had ironed out the kinks that
hindered his game earlier this year and added that he will claim a
third consecutive PGA Championship this week if he plays at the
level he is capable of.
Koepka would become the only player to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy
three years in a row since the tournament switched from being a
matchplay event to a stroke play event in 1958.
Walter Hagen won the tournament four consecutive times between
"I feel very confident in myself," he told reporters at TPC Harding
Park in San Francisco.
"I don't put any expectations on myself. Just go out and play golf
exactly like I know how and, if I do that, then yeah I probably
In the weeks leading up to the tournament few gave the 30-year-old
much of a chance as he struggled with left knee soreness after the
PGA Tour resumed in mid-June but the American came alive in Memphis
last week to finish tied for second place.
The four-time major winner and former world number one said he was
more comfortable playing on the sport's biggest stages because he
thrives under pressure.
"The way the golf course sets up eliminates pretty much half the
guys, and then from there half of those guys probably won't play
well," he said.
"Then from there I feel like mentally I can beat them, the other
half, so you've probably got ten guys. That's the way I see it."
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Brooks Koepka looks down the fifth tee box during the final round of
the WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational golf tournament at TPC
Southwind. / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Koepka said he cannot wait to attack TPC Harding Park, where the
thick rough and narrow fairways reward accuracy off the tee.
"I'm excited. This is a big-boy golf course. Got to hit it straight
and put it in the fairway. It's going to be quite long," he said of
the 7,251 yard par-70 municipal layout, which is expected to
experience cooler temperatures this week.
"I think it kind of plays into my hands."
Koepka will be grouped with last year's U.S. Open champion Gary
Woodland and the 2019 British Open winner Irishman Shane Lowry on
Thursday and Friday at the first major of the year, which is being
played without fans due to the novel coronavirus.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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