Brooks Koepka on final-round 65 at Valspar: ‘probably the worst score I could have shot’
Though it wasn’t enough to leave Innisbrook with a win, Brooks Koepka shot a final-round 65 — his lowest Tour round since August — which vaulted him 32 spots up the leaderboard.
But Sunday’s round at the Valspar Championship wasn’t up to the four-time major champion’s standards.
“To be honest with you, I thought it was probably the worst score I could have shot,” Koepka, who sits T-13, said after his 6 under final round. “It’s been a trend, not getting the best out of my rounds, just kind of getting the worst out of ’em.”
Koepka hasn’t won since the 2021 WM Pheonix Open and is currently ranked No. 21 in the world. After missing the cut last week at The Players, he fell outside the world ranking’s top 20 for the first time since winning the 2017 U.S. Open, his first major victory.
Aside from a T-3 last month in Pheonix, Koepka only has one other top-20 since last year’s Open Championship (T-16 at the Honda Classic). And Koepka — saying after his round that he was “surprised how easy” Sunday’s pin locations were — took another step in the right direction Sunday at Innisbrook. But he still hasn’t reached his destination.
“I’m playing great,” he said, “it’s just kind of frustrating because I’m not getting the scores that I want.”