ATLANTA – Brooks Koepka had factual rebounded from Saturday’s shaky starting up up to the third round, hitting the reset button Sunday morning and finishing the supreme 13 holes of his suspended round without a bogey. His four Sunday-morning birdies had also helped give him the 54-hole lead.
But things mercurial began to interrupt out the Player of the Year frontrunner because the strain increased in the supreme round, and Koepka’s closing 2-over 72 left him five again of winner Rory McIlroy, who outplayed his playing competitor by six footage Sunday afternoon.
Koepka opened with five straight pars earlier than at final getting a circle on the cardboard at the par-5 sixth, the best hole of the week. But a costly double bogey adopted at the seventh after Koepka’s tee shot sailed out of bounds. He wanted two putts to orderly up the messy mistake.
Any other birdie adopted at the eighth, but the true ache began at the par-4 12th, the place Koepka made the first of three straight bogeys.
“Goal did not construct any putts,” acknowledged Koepka, who had 30 on Sunday, his largest total of the week. “You know, these three-putts I left out roughly factual there in a row, 12, 13, 14, roughly took the air out of all the pieces.”
With the issues on the inexperienced, Koepka also confronted components off the tee, hitting factual five fairways Sunday. For as worthy success and subsequent praise Koepka sees with the broad stick, it wasn’t working in the supreme round, and he knew it early.
“It used to be one in every of these days the place even on the fluctuate, I did not genuinely feel very chuffed with the driver,” Koepka acknowledged. “I felt iron play used to be magnificent. Goal the driver, I factual couldn’t – it wasn’t fading adequate. All the pieces used to be roughly left, and it happens every infrequently.
“I mean, I will’t issue it each and on day-after-day basis.”