With a final-round 65, Brooks Koepka claimed a three-shot victory over Webb Simpson at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Koepka finished his four rounds in Memphis on 16-under par to secure his first career WGC trophy, and seventh career PGA Tour title. The victory earned the 29-year old Florida native $1,745,000 and 550 FedExCup points, along with 72 Official World Golf Rankings points.
Afterwards, Koepka met with the media to discuss his third victory of the season. Here a few pulls from the back and forth.
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Going Against Rory
I know you get excited about any final round when you have the opportunity to win, but was it a little extra special today having the opportunity to go head to head with Rory?
BROOKS KOEPKA: Yeah. I mean, I think it would have been a little bit — I don’t know, I know it’s what everybody wanted and I think it would have been incredible if it would have been us going down 18 and somebody having to make a putt on the last. That would have been incredible for the fans, for everybody that showed up and I’m sure that’s what everybody wanted.
Rory didn’t play the way he wanted to today, but still it’s so much fun to watch him play. You kind of get glued watching him hit balls. I mean, it’s mesmerizing watching him hit. You know, it’s always nice to squeak out a victory over probably the best player right now.
Just curious how you plan on celebrating this victory?
BROOKS KOEPKA: I’m just going to go home and relax, man. I’m tired after these last couple trips. Not physically, but mentally. Anytime you win, you’re mentally grinding, and these going overseas and then coming back.
It was nice to actually get back home at the beginning of this week and spend two days at home and come out Tuesday night. It kind of felt like a new week. Put the clubs away for two days and come out here and play. And next week I’m just going to go hang out at home with my dog and just chill by the pool. No golf for me.
Looking Ahead to East Lake
With the TOUR Championship, because of the change of format this year, how aware are you of going into that position first on the board, getting that stroke advantage, and is it on your mind?
BROOKS KOEPKA: Yeah. It’s not on my mind, but it would be nice to have the stroke advantage. Like anything, you play good, good things are going to happen and you’re going to give yourself a better chance going into Atlanta if I play well these next two events. It’s just that simple.
But even if you are a couple strokes back or whatever, you still need to go out there and play some good golf, it doesn’t matter. That golf course is actually quite similar to this one.
You know, these greens are bermuda greens, they’re fast just like Atlanta, and Atlanta you’ve got to hit the fairways if you want a chance. As long as I can keep striking the ball the way I am and feel confident over the putter, I should have a good chance there.
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