As playoffs start, Koepka eyes Presidents Cup spot


EDISON, N.J. – This week’s Barclays’ will be Brooks Keopka’s seventh consecutive start, a run that dates back to the Scottish Open in July that was born from a singular purpose.

“I've played a lot just because I want to make it. That was the goal at the beginning of the year was to make the Presidents Cup team,” he said on Wednesday at The Barclays.

Koepka won for the first time on the PGA Tour earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open but was slowed in the spring by a rib injury. The last few weeks, however, he has been on an impressive tear, having finished in the top 10 in five of his last seven starts.

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Koepka said he’s spoken to U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas numerous times this season and while he’s driven to make the team he wants to do so based on the points he has earned and not as a pick.

“I don't think I want to be a pick. I don't think anybody wants to be a pick. You're trying to make it on your own,” said Koepka, who is currently 17th on the U.S. points list. “If I'm a pick, it doesn't matter at the end of the day, you're still on the team. I guess it's just more motivation for me to play well these next two weeks.”

The final team standings will be published after the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sept. 7 followed by Haas’ two captain’s picks.