Koepka dropped at his knees, rebounds for 72 at British Open

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20 Jul 2018, 02:59 IST
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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Brooks Koepka stepped again within the sand, took a deep breath and composed himself forward of a 3rd shot from the greenside bunker.

Moments earlier, Koepka had been dropped at his knees at Carnoustie amid a wild stretch of six dropped pictures in 5 holes that left the U.S. Open champion unusually flustered on the British Open.

Simply when his opening spherical regarded prefer it was unraveling, he fought again.

Koepka reached the flip in 41 earlier than rallying with a surprising 31 on the again 9 for a 1-over 72 on Thursday. It left him six pictures off the lead and together with his ambitions of back-to-back main victories nearly intact.

“I might care much less, man. 1-over, I do not assume goes to kill me,” Koepka stated. “… I positively did not shoot myself out of it, which very simply might have occurred.”

The defining picture of Koepka’s spherical got here on the par-Three eighth gap, when he bought down on each knees, leaned right into a bunker and tried to flick the ball out. It was a shot he had practiced on Tuesday together with his coach, Pete Cowen, however Koepka stated he bought “too cute.” The ball stayed within the sand and settled in a foul lie.

For his subsequent shot, he took loads of sand and never sufficient of the ball, which rebounded off the wall of the bunker and dropped again in.

Koepka bought up-and-down for a double-bogey 5, which got here after a double on the par-Four fifth when he hit an method shot so vast that he was pressured to putt below some TV cables held up by two males. He additionally bogeyed Nos. 7 and 9.

At 5 over par, had been dangerous ideas beginning to creep in?

“I am not one to surrender,” stated the world’s No. Four participant, who has received the final two U.S. Opens. “I am not one to … really feel sorry for myself. I really feel like I performed nicely. Like I stated, I used to be taking part in nicely even throughout that stretch. You’ve got simply bought to maintain plugging away, and hopefully some good things occurs.”

It did on the again 9. His response was birdies on the 10th and 12th earlier than curling in an extended putt on No. 13 and shouting, “Go get that!” to his caddie, mimicking a line utilized by Jordan Spieth within the ultimate spherical final 12 months on his solution to the claret jug.

One other lengthy birdie putt shaved the opening on No. 18, giving Koepka solely the seventh par of his spherical and preserving him within the black. He bent his knees, regarded as much as the sky and gave a wry smile.

“I used to be eight again after the U.S. Open (first spherical),” he stated. “I am probably not involved.”

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Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80

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