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Broken clubs behind him, Koepka feeling better about game

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Damaged clubs behind him, Koepka sensation far better regarding video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brooks Koepka is back at Riviera with a healthy and balanced dosage of self-confidence from winning and also the exact same collection of irons.

The last shows several of the irritation for a four-time significant champ that was attempting to return to the kind that made him No. 1 worldwide. He missed out on the cut in Mexico to finish the year. He missed out on the cut in Hand Springs to begin the year. And afterwards he missed out on the cut at Torrey Pines and also went to his snapping point.

Rather, he damaged his clubs.

Two Times.

“I snapped two sets of irons after playing Mexico and then after Torrey, and I don’t really do that,” Koepka stated Wednesday at the Genesis Invitational. “So there was quite a bit of frustration, but at the same time, you’ve just got to stick it out. I felt like my patience is always there. It’s just sometimes results take a little bit longer.”

There are images to highlight what Koepka did to his clubs, however those keep amongst his posse. Greater than a snap choice, this appeared as though it included some premeditation.

“I did it at the house. I wouldn’t do it so everybody else could see,” Koepka stated. “It was in the living room. I walked right into the house and just (snapped it) right over the knee.”

Winning doesn’t take of every little thing, however it goes a lengthy method. Koepka really felt great regarding his video game at the Phoenix metro Open, and also winning with a strong cost on the back 9 just verified what he was assuming.

Currently he’s at Riviera to deal with the greatest area of the year and also a competition really feels as prominent as anything this side of a significant champion or The Athletes Champion.

Several Of that relates to the stamina of the area. Much of it relates to Riviera, amongst the very best program gamers will certainly see all year, specifically in a week of completely dry weather condition and also problems that are quick and also strong and also obtain their focus.

Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 gamer worldwide, additionally is entering into Riviera off a triumph.

He has no self-confidence concerns, no busted clubs.

Johnson won in Saudi Arabia 2 weeks back. Not just was it his 3rd triumph in his last 9 occasions – among those at Augusta National in the Masters – just two times because period has he completed even worse than 2nd.

He gets on among his preferred training courses. A great deal of gamers really feel in this way, however not to the factor of calling their child after Riviera (Johnson’s youngest is River).

Johnson won the Genesis Invitational in 2017 by 5 shots when he initially increased to No. 1 worldwide. He has actually been runner-up on 2 various other celebrations, in addition to 2 various other coatings in the leading 5. Dating to 2008, his newbie year, Johnson has 12 rounds of 66 or reduced at Riviera. Next off on that particular listing is Phil Mickelson and also Bubba Watson, each with 5.

“I feel like it’s a tough golf course,” Johnson stated. “You’ve got to drive it well, you’ve got to be really spot on with your irons and distance control, shot shapes into the green. I think it kind of makes you think on every shot you’re hitting off the tee, coming into the greens and then even when you’re on the greens.”

Just 2 gamers from the leading 10 worldwide – Tyrrell Hatton of England and also Webb Simpson – are not at Riviera. Neither is the competition host, Tiger Woods, that is still recouping from his newest back surgical procedure.

It talks with the love of Riviera, and also the stature that features winning can really feel equivalent to the Globe Golf Champion that is being played following week in Florida.

“To win on quality golf courses is just a little something extra,” Adam Scott stated.

His triumph in 2014 was his 2nd at Riviera, at the very least in his publications, though not in the PGA Trip tally. Scott won in 2005 when there was a lot rainfall the competition was reduced to 36 openings (he won in a playoff) and also not considered authorities.

Yet there’s no question he’d like to win once again, as a result of the program, as a result of the area.

“I think everyone, or certainly top players, have such a big focus on major championships, then a few other championships,” Scott stated. “Generally, the quality of golf course they’re played on is at a very high standard and Riviera fits that category. I feel like if you’ve had a good week here, it’s a good measure certainly generally of where your game is at.”

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