Koepka resur­faces for Open

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open, headed off to Las Ve­gas and hasn’t been seen in the golf­ing world since then.

That’s just the way he had it planned.

Koepka is play­ing for the first time since that four-shot vic­tory at Erin Hills. He had a big stretch at the end of the year with two ma­jors, a World Golf Cham­pi­onship, the four FedEx Cup play­off events and the Pres­i­dents Cup, so he wanted to be fresh.

“I found it pretty easy to get away,” Koepka said. “I was not look­ing for a break, but I kind of needed one, more men­tally than any­thing. And it was nice to have a few weeks off. But last week I started get­ting into it and get­ting antsy to get back out here.”

He didn’t put the clubs away, play­ing plenty of golf and work­ing on his game when he got back home to Florida. He ar­rived at Birk­dale on Satur­day.

“It felt good to get out here and play some holes and ac­tu­ally feel like you’re back in the nor­mal rou­tine,” he said.

AP/DAVID J. PHILLIP

Af­ter win­ning the U. S. Open on June 18, Brooks Koepka de­cided not to play in an­other tour­na­ment be­fore this week­end’s Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale in South­port, Eng­land.

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