Brooks Koepka chipped in from 32 yards for the Eagle on the 17th hole, broke the lead draw and scored the final par for a one-stroke victory at the Phoenix Open.
Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele were five strokes behind Sunday’s final round, with Koepka shooting 6 Under 65 and finishing 19 Under 265. Tour title.
A player who won the US Open and the PGA Championship twice missed a cut three times in a row before arriving in Arizona.
“I felt like I was playing really well,” Koepka told NBC.
“I loved how I played, even though I missed the cut. It came down to a goal. I felt like I was playing well all week and knocking on the door, and I just put up with it today.”
On the 17th, 334 yards, Koepka pierced the biggest roar of the day from a crowd limited to 5,000 a day after hitting a 305-yard fairway wood to the left of the green. During the COVID-19 pandemic tour.
“I missed the fans,” Koepka added.
“It’s another thing just to be around the fans. I love it. I played the best golf with the fans so I have to find something when there are no fans.”
After a prolonged left knee and hip problem, Koepka returned with full force and rebounded from the second bogey to the third eagle on par 5 and the birdie hole from 13 to 15.
“It was very humble,” Koepka said of overcoming his injuries.
“I didn’t know if it would be the same again. The (left) knee didn’t feel the same as the right knee. I was in the dark so I’m not going to lie.”
Schaufele birdie par 4 in 18th place with 71, and was tied for second place with Korea Rep. Lee Kyoung-hoon (68).
Steve Stricker, 53-year-old US Ryder Cup captain who was about to become the oldest winner of the PGA Tour, was 17 under with Spieth (72) and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz (64) with 67 in fourth place Thailand I shot.
Australia’s Matt Jones finished in 30th place after shooting 3 under 68 and finishing 10 under.
Spieth and Spieth struggled from the beginning, and Spieth bogey the first hole. They each had two bogies on the front nine, and Schaufele made the only birdie between the two on the front side of No. 9.
They each got into the water on the 17th, ending their chances and then both became 18 birdies.
In the middle of the round, James Hahn, three strokes behind, bogged four of the last eight holes and finished in 10th place with 15 unders.
Koepka eagle twice to win the Phoenix Open
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