Brooks Koepka Ties Players Championship Record with 9-Under Final Round

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2018

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11:  Brooks Koepka of the United States lines up a putt on the second green during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Brooks Koepka shot a 63 in his final round of The 2018 Players Championship Sunday, tying the course record at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida, set by eight other players, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.

Webb Simpson, who entered Sunday with the lead at 19 under par, also shot a 63 in Round 2.

Koepka shot up the leaderboard with his final round to finish 11 under for the tournament. He was tied for third when he entered the clubhouse, although there are still a lot of golfers on the course.

The American had an up-and-down week, sitting four under par after two rounds but seemingly falling out of contention with a Round 3 score of 74. During a Wednesday practice round, he re-injured a wrist injury that has been bothering him since December.

However, he seemed healthy with a fantastic showing Sunday.

Koepka had zero bogeys and six birdies, although his best hole of the day came when he posted an albatross on the par-five 16th after bouncing in his second shot from the fairway:


Here it is! @BKoepka one-hops in his second shot at the par-5 16th for an ALBATROSS!! #LiveUnderPar https://t.co/WkILTIl7VQ

"We thought it was perfect," Koepka said about his shot on 16. "I was aiming 15 feet left and just kind of hit it and it started out just a little bit left and kind of faded with the wind right on line, and to have it one-hop in is pretty cool."

The 2017 U.S. Open champion is the fourth player ever to record an albatross on a par five at this course and the second person to do it on No. 16.

The 28-year-old is more than six months removed from his last top-10 showing, but a course record in the final round should be enough for him to get a strong finish at the Players.


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