Waste Management Phoenix Open R4

Brooks Koepka is back in the winner's circle

February 04-07
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
$7,300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




After a long 18-months coping with knee and hip problems and wondering if he would get his form back, Brooks Koepka has won his eighth PGA Tour title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he also won his first title in 2015.


“I went through it mentally. I think that’s probably the toughest thing, where you don’t know if you’re ever going to be the same competitor that you were. You go through some real dark places, and it’s not a fun place to be.”

Having started his round five strokes behind leaders Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, he fired three birdies, two eagles and a single bogey at the second for a 6-under 65.



Koepka missed the cut in his last three starts and the bogey at the second didn’t bode well but he moved past it quickly with a 24-foot eagle putt at the par-5 3 but it was his second eagle at the par-4 17th that gave him the outright lead and the crowd’s loudest reaction of the day.

“I felt like the chip, if I just caught it right in the fringe it was going to check up on me, and it did perfectly,” said Koepka. “Took a nice little right kick for me, and didn’t look anywhere else but the hole.”


“I live for those moments where you got to close, you got to hit some quality shots, quality putts. I just like showing off, I guess.”

“I’ve missed the fans. Just being around fans is something else. I love it. I’ve played my best golf with fans, so just need to find something when they’re not there.”



Schauffele, who tied for second at Torrey Pines last week, closed with a 71 to tie once again, with Kyoung-Hoon Lee this time.

“It was a good day to learn from some mistakes,” said Schauffele. “Felt like I stayed pretty patient all day.”

Patience was needed as he bogeyed twice on the front nine, then twice more on the back nine but also made four birdies.



Lee got within one shot of Koepka with a birdie at the 17th but his drive at the 18th found the rough and he had to settle for par after missing his birdie putt.

“I’m pretty excited this week,” said Lee. “Everything good – irons, driver, birdieing, everything – and a lot of saves.”

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Steve Stricker did not become the oldest player to win on Tour but the 53-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup captain finished in a tree-way tie for fourth with Spieth and Carlos Ortiz after closing with a 67.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Stricker. “That’s the reason why I come to play in these still. I haven’t shown that in the past, but I’ve been playing better lately. Feeling a little bit better physically, too.”

Spieth, like Schauffele, made two bogeys on the front nine, made one more at the 11 then birdied twice to close with a 72.

“Tough start, I needed to one-putt the last two to not have more than 36 putts today. Felt like I hit good putts, and as much as the lid was open other days, it was closed today.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
-19
68
66
66
65
265
T2
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-18
66
66
66
68
266
T2
Xander Schauffele
-18
66
64
65
71
266
T4
Carlos Ortiz
-17
67
67
69
64
267
T4
Jordan Spieth
-17
67
67
61
72
267
T4
Steve Stricker
-17
65
66
69
67
267
T7
Matthew NeSmith
-16
63
71
68
66
268
T7
Andrew Putnam
-16
67
69
67
65
268
T7
Scottie Scheffler
-16
67
65
66
70
268
10
James Hahn
-15
67
67
66
69
269
T11
Louis Oosthuizen
-14
69
67
63
71
270
T11
J.T. Poston
-14
68
66
67
69
270
T13
Rory McIlroy
-13
70
67
70
64
271
T13
Jon Rahm
-13
68
69
66
68
271
T13
Justin Thomas
-13
70
65
64
72
271
T13
Harold Varner III
-13
68
68
67
68
271
T17
Corey Conners
-12
69
68
68
67
272
T17
Sungjae Im
-12
72
67
68
65
272
T17
Nate Lashley
-12
64
69
69
70
272
T17
Cameron Tringale
-12
71
64
69
68
272
T17
Will Zalatoris
-12
71
66
64
71
272
T22
Keegan Bradley
-11
66
65
70
72
273
T22
Sam Burns
-11
64
68
73
68
273
T22
Emiliano Grillo
-11
69
70
67
67
273
T22
Henrik Norlander
-11
68
71
67
67
273
T22
Kevin Streelman
-11
68
67
69
69
273
T22
Brendon Todd
-11
68
69
65
71
273
T22
Bubba Watson
-11
71
68
69
65
273
T22
Richy Werenski
-11
69
69
71
64
273
T30
Russell Henley
-10
71
67
65
71
274
T30
Mark Hubbard
-10
63
73
71
67
274
T30
Matt Jones
-10
68
69
69
68
274
T30
Luke List
-10
72
67
68
67
274
T30
Brendan Steele
-10
70
67
70
67
274
T30
Bo Van Pelt
-10
69
67
71
67
274
T36
Wyndham Clark
-9
72
67
67
69
275
T36
Brian Harman
-9
71
68
69
67
275
T36
Bo Hoag
-9
67
71
71
66
275
T36
Scott Stallings
-9
67
70
66
72
275
T36
Kyle Stanley
-9
71
67
70
67
275
T36
Matthew Wolff
-9
68
71
69
67
275
T42
Nick Hardy
-8
68
67
71
70
276
T42
Max Homa
-8
69
69
68
70
276
T42
Zach Johnson
-8
68
70
69
69
276
T42
Matt Kuchar
-8
69
67
73
67
276
T42
Hideki Matsuyama
-8
71
67
69
69
276
T42
Grayson Murray
-8
70
68
68
70
276
T42
Ryan Palmer
-8
70
68
71
67
276
T42
Webb Simpson
-8
73
65
69
69
276
T50
Adam Hadwin
-7
67
70
73
67
277
T50
Si Woo Kim
-7
71
66
70
70
277
T50
Patton Kizzire
-7
69
65
69
74
277
T53
Byeong Hun An
-6
69
69
70
70
278
T53
Billy Horschel
-6
66
68
71
73
278
T53
Russell Knox
-6
68
69
69
72
278
T53
Robby Shelton
-6
72
66
70
70
278
57
Sam Ryder
-5
70
67
72
70
279
T58
Stewart Cink
-4
69
70
71
70
280
T58
Lucas Glover
-4
72
63
74
71
280
T58
Michael Kim
-4
67
71
74
68
280
T58
Davis Riley
-4
72
66
71
71
280
T58
Brian Stuard
-4
70
68
72
70
280
63
Satoshi Kodaira
-3
68
71
68
74
281
64
Ted Potter, Jr.
-2
66
71
71
74
282
65
Xinjun Zhang
-1
70
69
73
71
283
66
Aaron Wise
E
74
65
73
72
284
CUT
Ryan Armour
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Daniel Berger
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Joel Dahmen
-2
75
65
140
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Brice Garnett
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Charley Hoffman
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Tom Hoge
-2
66
74
140
CUT
Beau Hossler
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Jerry Kelly
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Kelly Kraft
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Adam Long
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Denny McCarthy
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Jesse Mueller
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Pat Perez
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Doc Redman
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Sepp Straka
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Nick Taylor
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Austin Cook
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Jason Day
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Jason Dufner
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Harris English
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Talor Gooch
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Danny Lee
-1
74
67
141
CUT
Tom Lewis
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
-1
77
64
141
CUT
Michael Thompson
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Kevin Tway
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Mark Anguiano
E
72
70
142
CUT
Scott Brown
E
72
70
142
CUT
Cameron Champ
E
68
74
142
CUT
Luke Donald
E
73
69
142
CUT
Rickie Fowler
E
74
68
142
CUT
John Huh
E
68
74
142
CUT
Chez Reavie
E
69
73
142
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
E
72
70
142
CUT
Adam Schenk
E
72
70
142
CUT
Robert Streb
E
72
70
142
CUT
Harry Higgs
1
75
68
143
CUT
J.B. Holmes
1
72
71
143
CUT
Troy Merritt
1
74
69
143
CUT
Keith Mitchell
1
75
68
143
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
1
72
71
143
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
1
73
70
143
CUT
Jimmy Walker
1
70
73
143
CUT
Gary Woodland
1
76
67
143
CUT
Tyler Duncan
2
74
70
144
CUT
William Gordon
2
70
74
144
CUT
Padraig Harrington
2
71
73
144
CUT
Scott Harrington
2
72
72
144
CUT
Chris Kirk
2
70
74
144
CUT
Martin Laird
2
73
71
144
CUT
Sung Kang
3
77
68
145
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
3
70
75
145
CUT
William McGirt
3
75
70
145
CUT
Camilo Villegas
3
74
71
145
CUT
Brian Gay
4
72
74
146
CUT
Ryan Moore
4
70
76
146
CUT
Kevin Stadler
4
72
74
146
CUT
Vincent Whaley
4
73
73
146
CUT
Hunter Mahan
6
74
74
148
CUT
Martin Trainer
6
75
73
148
CUT
Hudson Swafford
8
77
73
150
CUT
John Augenstein (a)
9
76
75
151
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
9
78
73
151
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