Koepka makes 6 birdies, back-to-back quads in 78

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How do you make six birdies and still walk away with an opening-round 78?

The answer, as Brooks Koepka found out Thursday at TPC Sawgrass, comes in the form of two bogeys, a double bogey and back-to-back quadruple bogeys.

Koepka, who started on the back nine and recorded three birdies, a bogey and a double in his first seven holes, arrived at the par-3 17th even par - and then came completely unraveled.

His first shot, a wedge from 123 yards came up short of the green and in the water. His third shot, from the drop area, was pulled well left of the flagstick and two-hopped off the back of the island. His third attempt to find the green finally came to rest 37 feet from the hole, leading to a two-putt and a quadruple-bogey seven.

Unfortunately, things would get worse for Koepka before they got better. After hitting his drive on the 18th hole through the fairway, he was able to advance his second shot from the rough only 65 feet before once again finding the water with his third. One drop and four swings later, he walked away with his second quad in as many holes and a first-nine 44.

Koepka dropped another shot to start his second nine, but he played his final eight holes a bogey-free 3 under.