KAPALUA, Hawaii – Four hours into the round, Brooks Koepka finally hit an errant shot.
He was in the middle of Kapalua’s massive par-5 18th fairway and blew his approach into the gallery short, right of the green, and hit a couple dudes wearing goofy hats.
“I don’t know if I could’ve played much better,” he said. “I flushed it today. I really did.”
The highlight of Koepka’s round was a six-hole stretch (Nos. 3-8) on the front nine where he made six consecutive birdies.
“I honestly didn’t know I made all those in a row,” Koepka said.
During that stretch, the longest birdie putt Koepka had was 17 feet on the seventh hole. Everything else was inside 10 feet for the guy who changed equipment companies during the offseason.
“It just seemed like today was the day,” he said. “You have perfect numbers and everything goes your way.
“I’m definitely going to need a strong day tomorrow. But it’s a good start to the year.”