IRVING, Texas – On the 72nd hole at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Brooks Koepka started his drive down the left side and let it fade, as he likes it to, into the right side of the fairway.
Moments later on the same hole in overtime versus Sergio Garcia he attempted the same shot with a unfortunately opposite outcome.
“I drew it back into the wind. I was hoping it might hit the rocks,” said Koepka, whose drive at the first extra hole found the water. “You can't win a golf tournament when you're swinging it and have no idea where it's going.”
Despite a three-stroke lead with nine holes to play, Koepka said he struggled with his swing all weekend.
“I really didn't have much the last 36 holes. I had no idea where the ball was going and you can't play out here when you're hitting it in the rough,” said Koepka, who bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15 to finish tied with Garcia at 15 under. “It was a lot of tough things. You kind of play defensively. That's not really what you want.”
Still, Koepka said he could take some encouragement from his week at TPC Four Seasons.
“I can bring my C-game and still compete,” he said when asked what he learned from Sunday’s loss. “All week I didn't feel it was that great. You got to learn from it and move on.”