‘I Don’t Think Finishing 30th Is Progress’ – Koepka ‘Disappointed’ With PGA Championship Defence

Koepka dismissed the suggestion his PGA Championship showing was an improvement from The Masters

Brooks Koepka of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during the third round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on May 18, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Brooks Koepka admitted his game feels “pretty close” but refused to describe his PGA Championship defence as “progress” following his lacklustre Masters showing.

The 34-year-old was hypercritical of his performance at Augusta National after a T45 finish and revealed at Valhalla that he was given “punishment workouts” to complete as a consequence.

Koepka won his third PGA Championship and fifth Major at Oak Hill 12 months ago but there will be a different name etched onto the Wanamaker Trophy this year after he finished nine-under for the week in Kentucky and well off the pace.

Asked to assess his week, Koepka said: “Not very good. I think it's pretty obvious, isn't it.”

He added: “I don't think finishing 30th is progress. Played good today, played good the other two days. Yesterday just didn't have anything. Was kind of disappointed with the way I finished.”

Koepka opened with rounds of 67 and 68 to put himself within five of the lead at the halfway stage but dropped out of contention with a disappointing three-over 74 on Saturday.

He finished strong with a Sunday 66 that featured six birdies against just a lone bogey but was left perplexed as to why his game deserted him during the third round.

“Yesterday I don't think I did one thing good at all,” he continued. “Usually when you play bad, you've got one thing that you do okay, and you might putt bad or you might drive it bad. Yesterday was just a combination of everything.”

Nevertheless, the outlook is mostly positive for the five-time Major champion ahead of next month’s US Open at Pinehurst and The Open in July at Royal Troon.

“I feel like I'm playing good,” said Koepka. “It's just yesterday was kind of unfortunate timing. But I felt like I'm playing all right.

“I missed a bunch of putts on Friday from inside like five feet, and then yesterday's round was unfortunate. But other than that, I think I'm pretty close to right there.”

Andrew Wright
Freelance News Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he decided to go freelance and now covers a variety of topics for Golf Monthly. 

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Mizuno mp32 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x