NAPA, Calif. – While many players are getting a fresh start this week at the Frys.com Open, Brooks Koepka is still fighting off jet lag.
Koepka tied for ninth last week at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, then flew across eight time zones to tee it up in this week’s PGA Tour season opener.
“Trying to get used to the jet lag still. I’m pretty tired right now,” he said after a 4-under 68. “Getting adjusted, woke up at 4 a.m. this morning. So I’m getting there.”
Koepka showed no signs of fatigue during his opening round at Silverado, carding six birdies against a double bogey after hitting his tee shot out of bounds on No. 12. He sits two shots off the early lead. Koepka has had previous success at the Frys.com, having held the 54-hole lead before tying for third last year.
After two seasons with a playing schedule split across two continents, the 24 year old also returns to Northern California as a fully-exempt PGA Tour member for the first time. Koepka played mostly off of sponsor invites in 2013-14, ultimately netting enough non-member FedEx Cup points to earn his card for this season.
“This year, it’s a little different. I’ve got the whole year,” he said. “I don’t want to say the pressure’s kind of off, but I know I’ll play well if I just keep doing what I’m doing.”