Brooks Koepka didn’t go down without a fight.
Trailing Justin Rose by four shots going into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational, Koepka shot his second 7-under 63 of the week – and made up precisely one shot. He finished solo second at 17 under par, three shots behind Rose.
He could only marvel at the Englishman’s performance in closing with a 6-under 64.
“It was pretty impressive,” he said. “Justin played well. Hat’s off to him. Any time you can come into a lead with four shots and play the way he did today, that’s impressive.”
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Although Koepka was pleased with his own play – especially his putting – he said it felt “annoying” to come in second. Again.
“I feel like we’ve had so many second-place finishes,” he said. “Always seem to run into a buzz saw, whatever it is.”
Since May of 2016, Koepka has five solo second-place finishes and one T-2. But he also has a U.S. Open title, won last year at Erin Hills. He’ll attempt to defend that title June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills. “It’s nice to finally be playing well and get going into the season,” he said. “Kind of peaking right where I need to be.”