Big-Game Brooks Koepka in the Hunt at Halftime of the PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka on the 7th green during the second round of the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort's Ocean Course on May 21, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Patrick Smith via Getty Images)

“It’s a major. I’m going to show up. I’m ready to play… I don’t need to be a hundred percent to be able to play good.”

That was Brooks Koepka after his opening round. And it pretty much sums up where we are at halftime of the PGA Championship.

Even at less than one-hundred percent Koepka is the best big-game player in the world.

And it’s not even close. (Hello, Justin Thomas!)

Koepka shot a 1-under 71 on Friday at the Ocean Course, and will enter the weekend on 4-under par, just one shot off the pace of co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Asked to grade himself, Koepka went with a C-plus.

“C-plus,” said Koepka. “I missed that short one on 4, missed a short one there again on 16.

“I thought I struck it great. I drove it a lot better. But it’s tough to putt in this wind, man.

“Sometimes you’re playing the wind, and sometimes you don’t. The wind might take it a little bit, but you’re also not trying to firm it, either, and have another three-footer coming back.

“I understand everybody else is probably going to miss a few short ones with this wind, but I ball struck my way around this golf course.”

Koepka will be paired with South African Branden Grace in the second to last group on Saturday. They go off at 2:30 pm EST.

Brooks Koepka’s STATS (thru 36 Holes)

Driving: 316 yards (11th)
Fairways: 13/28, 46.4% (70th)
Greens: 24/36, 66.7% (8th)
Putts/GIR: 41/1.708 (14th)
Eagles: 2 (1st)
Birdies: 7 (19th)
Par 3s: E (1 Birdie, 6 Pars, 1 Bogey)
Par-4s: +3 (3 Birdies, 12 Pars, 4 Bogeys, 1 Double)
Par-5s: -7 (2 Eagles, 3 Birdies, 3 Pars)


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