Brooks Koepka Loses To Sergio Garcia In The Byron Nelson
Brooks Koepka lost to Sergio Garcia in a play-off as the Spaniard won the AT&T Byron Nelson, his first PGA Tour win in four years. The win came even after Garcia hit the water twice in the final round, but made a pat on the 18th. On the other hand, Koepka got a double-bogey after sending the ball into the water.
Koepka ended with a one-over-par 71 in his final round following three bogeys, which included two consecutive dropped shots on the 14th and 15th holes. The poor showing allowed his rivals to catch up as he went down 15 under.
However, Garcia was the only player to benefit from the bad fortunes of Koepka. The 2004 winner ended with a 68, including six birdies and four bogeys, to force the playoff. Despite hitting the ball into the water on the 11th, he was able to get a par. But, he was unlucky on the 14th as his second shot hit the water that resulted to a bogey.
After the game, Sergio Garcia won his ninth PGA Tour trophy, which matched the record of the late Seve Ballesteros for a Spaniard. Garcia said it was awesome and being at the same level as Seve meant so much to him. He added that he can say he “won a little bit a la Seve” in the tourney. Garcia also said while he had a good game in the last five holes, he was struggling for a good part of the game.
On the other hand, Brooks Koepka was not satisfied with his performance. He also said he was not satisfied with his performance on Saturday when he got the lead with a 65. He said he did not have it in the last 36 holes as he was puzzled at the direction of the ball.
On the other hand, Jordan Spieth was hoping to do better in the hopes of fixing his poor record since his 16th-place finish when he was still sixteen years old. However, he got six bogeys and ended with a 74, which sent him down to 18th place.
Matt Kuchar placed third after Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka with a 69 in the round while Spencer Levin, Colt Knost, Robert Garrigus, Charles Howell III, Bud Cauley and Tim Wilkinson shared a six-way tie for fourth place.