Koepka hits four birdies, a bo­gey and a mar­shal’s head

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHARLOTTE: Long-hit­ting Brooks Koepka left a mar­shal nurs­ing a sore head af­ter striking him with a tow­er­ing shot dur­ing an open­ing-round 68 at the PGA Cham­pi­onship at Quail Hol­low on Thurs­day.

Koepka, who over­pow­ered Erin Hills to win the US Open two months ago, said he would check on the mar­shal af­ter he fin­ished his round one stroke be­hind early co-lead­ers Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen of

Den­mark and fel­low

Amer­i­can

Kevin

Kis­ner.

“This golf course, it’s a bomber’s par­adise I think,” said the mus­cu­lar Koepka. “There’s some lines we can take over some trees. Num­ber two, I just take it up over the tree. You can take a short line into a bunch of them.

“Like I hit a pitch­ing wedge into num­ber one to­day. I’m pretty sure a bunch of guys are go­ing to be hit­ting a six-, maybe five-iron into that hole,” he said.

“Length is a key fac­tor out here, and es­pe­cially when it’s as wet as it is, it makes those fair­ways a bit wider,” Koepka added, not­ing how the ball tends to stop near its land­ing spot.

He blasted shots all around Quail Hol­low, in­clud­ing the one that un­for­tu­nately landed on the mar­shal at the 16th hole.

“He was fine. Well, I shouldn’t say fine. He just got drilled in the head,” said Koepka.

The mar­shal at least ap­peared to be OK by the time Koepka reached him.

“He was laugh­ing and jok­ing when I was up there, kept telling me, ‘You got a good break’.”

Koepka, who started at the 10th, carded his first bo­gey of the day at that par-four hole as he made the turn in level par. The Amer­i­can then took ad­van­tage of the other nine, post­ing four birdies and a bo­gey to fin­ish three-un­der. Reuters

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