Despite Raining Like Cats and Dogs, LIV Golf Defector Brooks Koepka Makes a Clever Move After Suspension of Play at the 2023 Masters

Published 04/09/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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The 87th edition of Masters has had its fair share of exciting moments so far. Through all the surprises, windy weather and heavy rain have been the only constant in Augusta this year.

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LIV golfer Brooks Koepka solidified his lead at the Masters before bad weather suspended play at Augusta. The 32-year-old, who has returned to form at Augusta after a disappointing run in the 2022 edition, is not willing to take any chances this year.His unrelenting focus was evident when the player took a little detour instead of rushing inside during the heavy downpour.

Brooks Koepka checks out the seventh green at Augusta amid heavy rain

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The seventh green at Augusta was already drenched when Koepka arrived to play. The golf club decided to suspend play as the weather grew more ominous by the minute. Before the horn sounded, Koepka hit a shot that he was fairly satisfied with. “I thought I hit a good bunker shot, it looked like it just skidded on the water. I’m glad we stopped,” the golfer opined on Saturday.

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While most players rushed to the shelter to escape the miserable weather, the four-time major champion was not one of them. He and his caddie Ricky Elliot stopped and mulled over the 11ft putt in the middle of the heavy downpour instead. Next, they walked around the putt and scrutinized it from behind the ball.

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The golfer surprised onlookers when he walked on to the halfway point of the putt. It appeared as if he was gearing up to take a hit. The golfer’s resolute aim for the much-coveted green jacket was tangible from his actions.

Will Brooks Koepka emerge victorious at the 2023 Masters?

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The 87th edition of the Masters has been full of surprises. A heavy favorite going into the tournament, Rory McIlroy‘s missed cut was a shocker to many.  Meanwhile, LIV golfer Koepka, who struggled with injuries in last year’s Masters, is now in the lead.

The former World No. 1 Koepka started his third round on Saturday with a two-shot lead over Jon Rahm. He extended his lead to four shots before making it to the seventh green, but play was suspended due to heavy rain.

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As Koepka gears up for a marathon finale at the Masters, do you think he will emerge victorious this year? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Abantika Ghosh

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Abantika is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She's a student pursuing law, having a keen interest in both sports and writing since a young age. She's been an ardent golf fan, and finds it highly gripping and calming at the same time.
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