Koepka: "Nobody Has Hit It Better Than Me This Week"

The World Number One has been disappointed with his putting this week

Koepka: "Nobody Has Hit It Better Than Me This Week"

The World Number One has been disappointed with his putting at Portrush

Koepka: "Nobody Has Hit It Better Than Me This Week"

Brooks Koepka spurned chance after chance on Saturday at the Open Championship to go from three back starting the round to seven back by the end of the day.

The World Numer One constantly gave himself birdie chances but struggled to make a thing in round three as he shot 67 (-4).

The American made six birdies but could have easily made 10 if some more putts had dropped, and his birdie-birdie finish gave his score a huge boost ahead of the final round.

Koepka told the press after his 67 that nobody is hitting it better than him but he is disappointed with his putting.

"Yeah, nobody has hit it better than me this week. I've hit it as good as I could possibly imagine," he said.

"I putted the worst in the entire field, if you look at strokes gained. I don't know if they have that. It's been really bad. Very frustrating. Disappointed."

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Koepka believes that the adverse conditions will help him in the final round which he enters seven behind Shane Lowry.

"But thankfully it's going to blow tomorrow to have any sort of chance. I need to figure out the putter.

"I've struck it so good. If it's going to be windy, you need to be able to strike it good, control your flight, and figure out where you want the ball to end up. If it's going to blow 30, it can get out of control very quickly.

"I think there's some weeks where you just don't make anything. They feel like good putts when they come off the blade. But they're burning the edge. That's the only thing I can say. They feel like good putts.

"I'm about to go do a whole bunch of work on that putting green and see if I can somehow confidence, somehow find anything."

The 29-year-old has won four Majors over the past two years and has finished T2nd, 1st, 2nd in the first three so far this year.

He begins Sunday's final round in T4th so even if he doesn't win, he has had a phenomenal season.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5