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Brooks Koepka relieved to be back in PGA Tour contention: Best my body's felt in years

  • After finishing seventh at the RBC Heritage, Brooks Koepka was hopeful about his form and fitness for the rest of 2020.
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Modified 22 Jun 2020, 17:16 IST
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Brooks Koepka in action at the RBC Heritage

Brooks Koepka was excited to be in contention for PGA Tour glory again and feels at his fittest level in years after he was part of a dramatic finale at the RBC Heritage.

The four-time major champion shot a six-under 65 in round four on Sunday, his best effort of the week seeing him end on 18 under par for the tournament.

Koepka ultimately had to settle for seventh place as missed chances on the back nine proved costly as he finished four shots adrift of eventual champion Webb Simpson.

The American struggled with knee issues throughout 2019 and feels the break due to the coronavirus pandemic has helped his recovery.

"This is the best my body's felt in years," he told reporters. "A lot of work I've done with [trainer] Derek [Stone], just manipulating the knee, the kneecap.

"It's been a long road. It just feels like I haven't been healthy for a very long time. My body feels great. I feel like I can really move through the golf ball.

"The knee feels great. [I am] Finally able to do things I wasn't able to do for a very, very long time.

"So, I'm excited, playing good, and I just need to keep it up."

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His putting down the stretch aside, Koepka was happy with his play and glad to be fighting for victory once more, having gone almost a year since last going close due to injury and the lockdown.

"It just felt nice to feel something again," he said. "August was the last time I probably ever felt anything.

"So [it] just feels good to be back somewhat. I mean, I'm not going to win it, but somewhat of a chase, I guess.

"[After going 17 under at the 11th] I thought if I birdied out the whole back nine, yeah [it is on].

"This golf course, everybody is tearing it up. It's kind of frustrating because you feel like you make a couple birdies in a row and don't feel like you go anywhere.

"I hit shots exactly kind of how I wanted to coming down the stretch, which was nice.

"I was trying to get to 21 [under]. That was the goal, but I putted terrible [in round four]. I just thought with a little bit of the rain, the greens were a little bit slower.

"Obviously, it's been an incredibly long time for me to be in contention, August or whenever the FedExCup playoffs were was the last time, so coming up on a year here.

"Six months off, three with the lockdown and then three on my knee, so it feels like it's been a really long time since I've even felt some juices flowing.

"It just felt nice to be in contention again."

Published 22 Jun 2020, 17:16 IST
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