SAN DIEGO – Brooks Koepka was trying his best to hit balls on the practice tee Tuesday afternoon at Torrey Pines but one by one players stopped to congratulate the 24-year-old for his maiden PGA Tour victory last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Business as usual takes on a whole new meaning when expectations collide with talent, but for Koepka winning is neither a surprise nor something that must be adjusted to.
Nor was it a surprise that on Day 1 at the Farmers Insurance Open Koepka picked up where he left off last week, carding an opening 66 on the North Course to finish the day alone in second place.
“I wouldn’t have showed up at the Waste Management if I didn’t think I could come out and win,” said Koepka, who in just three starts in his first full season on the Tour has finished T-8, T-4 and first. “I felt like my game’s in the right shape. I’m putting the ball very well, driving it well, and putting the ball close to the hole.”
Koepka was two shots off the lead held by Nicholas Thompson following a near-flawless round that has now run his record this season to 13 consecutive cards of par or better.