Though it wasn’t enough to win the tournament, 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 four-time major champion’s expectations.
After his 6 under final round, Koepka, who finished T-12, remarked, “To be honest with you, I thought it was probably the worst number I could have shot.” “It’s become a habit of mine not to get the best out of my rounds, but instead to get the worst out of them.”
Koepka is rated No. 21 in the world and hasn’t won 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 the 2017 U.S. Open, his first major title.
Since last year’s Open Championship, Koepka has only had one other top-20 finish, a T-3 in Pheonix last month (T-16 at the Honda Classic). And Koepka took another step in the right direction Sunday at Innisbrook, remarking after his round that he was “surprised how straightforward” the pin locations were. However, he has yet to arrive at his objective.
“I’m playing well,” he remarked, “but it’s frustrating because I’m not getting the results I want.”