GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA | All things considered, Brooks Koepka would have preferred to be off this week.
Nothing against the Wyndham Championship, but had Koepka’s season unfolded differently – had there not been the lingering and bothersome issue of his left knee and forced three-month break due to the pandemic – he could have unpacked at home for a few days and been fresher for a five-week run that begins next week and includes the FedEx Cup playoffs and the U.S. Open.
Yet Koepka is at Sedgefield Country Club this week, in full-grind mode, trying to move past a disappointing Sunday at the PGA Championship last week in a season that has been underwhelming. A first-round 72 Thursday added to Koepka’s workload and looked like a carryover from his flat Sunday at TPC Harding Park.
“A bit tired to be honest with you,” Koepka said early Thursday afternoon. “But I’ve got to play. I’ve got no other option.”
Three weeks ago, Koepka was outside the top 150 in FedEx Cup points, the new currency of the PGA Tour, meaning he was out...
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