Brooks Koepka laments the Los Angeles Country Club saying he’s ‘not a big fan’ of US Open host after making the cut tied
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The most recent major championship winner, Brooks Koepka, wasn’t the biggest fan at the Los Angeles Country Club this week.
While some golfers, like Rickie Fowler, Wyndham Clark and Xander Schauffele have been able to rack up success on the course, Koepka is not one of them.
The defending PGA Championship winner sits tied after 36 holes, good enough to make the cut and be tied for 30th.
But that doesn’t mean Koepka likes the environment he plays in.
“I’m not a big fan of this place,” Koepka said per ESPN. “I’m not a big fan of blind tee shots, and then I think there are just a few places where no matter what you hit, the ball just ends up in the same spot.”
Brooks Koepka does not take advantage of the Los Angeles Country Club after making the cut to tie
“I think it would be more fun to play like a regular round than it would be a US Open. I mean, there were, what, two 8s yesterday? It doesn’t happen.
Those “two 8s” in question were the 8 under 62 record that Fowler and Schauffele shot on Thursday.
Both players became the first to shoot that low in a single round of the US Open and they equaled Branden Grace’s record of the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale for the lowest round of a major tournament.
It was all part of one of the lowest-scoring opening rounds in US Open history – with the average score falling to 71.39.
Koepka, who won that tournament twice at Erin Hills in Wisconsin and Shinnecock Hills in Long Island, felt he played better in his first two rounds at the LACC than in his last two rounds at the PGA. where he won his fifth major.
Rebel LIV shot 4 under 66 and 3 under 67 at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York to beat Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffeler by two shots.
“I won majors on golf courses that I didn’t like too much,” Koepka said. “But, yeah, that one, I don’t know. It’s not my favorite.
Koepka has a long hill to climb if he is to win back-to-back majors – something he already did in 2018.
Koepka said this course was “not his favorite” due to the course’s blind tee shots
The two-time US Open champion and five-time major winner is paired with Mackenzie Huges
“Obviously I have to play two good rounds, so that’s something I have to do,” Koepka said.
“But I would really like to be higher than where I am. But it all depends on what happens today, if the wind picks up. …Who knows where these guys will end up.
“I thought every pin position was good,” Koepka added. “I didn’t think anything was really wrong.
“I guess I just didn’t play that well, so I’m not really going to draw a good number.”
Koepka is paired with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and is expected to start around 3:34 p.m. ET for his third round.
If LIV Golf is hoping for a double this season, its best chances currently lie with Dustin Johnson, who is six under and tied for sixth.
Fowler currently leads the field by ten cents, one stroke ahead of Wyndham Clark heading into the third round.