‘That’s What I Needed’ – Brooks Koepka Reacts To Missing the Cut at Palmetto Championship

Published 06/12/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka stands on the fifteenth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Brooks Koepka delivered a strong performance at the 2021 PGA Championship. The same was expected from him at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, but the four-time major winner failed to make the 36-hole cut. How did Koepka react to his week on the PGA Tour? 

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“Reps. That’s what I need. I just need tournament reps and trying to hit different shots on your competition. I’ve missed so much of the season just with the knee, where I feel like I’m already a little bit behind,” Koepka told the reporters on Friday. 

It was unfortunate that Brooks Koepka could not make it to the weekend at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. He shot an opening-round 72 and put himself in danger, and further added to the damage with a second-round 73.

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Koepka carded 3-over par after 36-holes which was nowhere near the cut line (+1). He was two strokes short of entering the weekend, but Koepka only wants to take out the positives from this week at the Congaree Golf Club

“Yeah, I like where my game’s at. I’m striking it well, putting it well. So I don’t see anything wrong. It’s just, like I said, maybe a little lack of focus and maybe — these weeks before the majors, I start thinking about next week instead of where I’m at,” Koepka mentioned. 

Brooks Koepka finds proper focus in major tournaments more than regular events

There are four major tournaments on the calendar that every player wants to win. But sometimes we often see a few players struggle to get their game together when the majors arrive. But Brooks Koepka is just the opposite.

Koepka tends to play better at majors when compared to regular tour events. We just saw a glimpse of it at the 2021 PGA Championship where Kopeka achieved a T2 finish despite playing with a recently operated knee. 

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May 22, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka hits from the sixteenth tee during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

“I mean, I don’t try to miss a cut. I don’t know, I just have a harder time focusing in regular PGA TOUR events than I do majors. Majors, I know I’m locked in from the moment I hit the first tee shot. Even walking from the first tee shot to the ball, my head is still going on what I need to do. Out here I kind of lose focus for a little bit,” Koepka described his mentality. 

It is interesting, however. Major events demand maximum focus from the players and Brooks Koepka is built to withstand that kind of pressure. However, he still needs to elevate his game at regular PGA Tour events. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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