Brooks Koepka: 'Worst Putting Performance Of My Career'

The American is one back heading into the final round of the PGA Championship despite, what he thinks is, the worst putting display of his career

Brooks Koepka: 'Worst Putting Performance Of My Career'
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The American is one back heading into the final round of the PGA Championship despite, what he thinks is, the worst putting display of his career

Brooks Koepka: 'Worst Putting Performance Of My Career'

Brooks Koepka thinks that his Saturday 70 at the PGA Championship was "the worst putting performance" of his career.

The four-time Major winner is six under par after 54 holes at Kiawah Island, one back of Phil Mickelson who he plays with in the final group.

"It just feels good, feels normal. It's what you're supposed to do, what you practice for," Koepka said after putting himself in position to win the championship for the third time.

"I'm right where I want to be, and we'll see how tomorrow goes. Just be within three of the lead going into the back nine and you've got a chance.

"That was the worst putting performance I think I've ever had in my career. Can't get much worse. I thought 70 was about the highest I could have shot today.

"I don't know why I felt like I made a big enough stroke, it was just maybe felt a little slow.

"This putting green I think is a little faster than the greens today. I don't know, I'll go figure this out here shortly.

"From inside 10 feet, I'm usually banging it in the back of the cup. If it misses it's going three, four feet by. I didn't have any of those, so obviously it's a speed issue and not trusting it."

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Koepka was actually +0.09 in Strokes Gained: Putting so the statistics don't quite illustrate his thoughts.

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The two-time PGA Champion is looking forward to playing in the final group with Mickelson as he looks to match Lefty's total of five Majors.

"Yeah, it'll be nice. At least I can see what Phil is doing and then I don't have to turn back and look and see what he's up to," Koepka said.

"Looking forward to it. Got a chance, and everybody will be in front of me so I know what I've got to do."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer 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. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, 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 2-6. 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: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x