”Brooks Koepka” scored a final-round 65, his lowest Tour round since August, to jump 33 spots up the leaderboard.
The Valspar Championship round on Sunday, however, fell short of the expectations of the four-time major champion.
“To be honest with you, I thought it was probably the worst number I could have shot,” Koepka, who finished T-12, said after his final round 6 under par. “I’ve developed the habit of getting the worst out of my rounds rather than the best.”
Koepka is ranked 21st in the world and hasn’t won a tournament since the WM Pheonix Open in 2021. After missing the cut at The Players last week, the 31-year-old fell out of the top 20 in the world rankings for the first time since winning his first major title at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Koepka has only had one other top-20 finish since last year’s Open Championship, a T-3 in Pheonix last month (T-16 at the Honda Classic). And Koepka took another step forward Sunday at Innisbrook, saying after his round that he was “surprised how straightforward” the pin locations were. However, he has yet to achieve his goal.
“I’m playing well,” he said, “but it’s frustrating because I’m not getting the results I’d like.”
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