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Golf Twitter piles on Brooks Koepka after ugly missed cut on Asian Tour
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Two years ago this week, Brooks Koepka electrified TPC Scottsdale with a vintage Brooks Koepka performance. Arriving at the 13th tee at just one under in his final round, the four-time major winner proceeded to play the final six holes in four under, a scorching-hot tear that included a chip-in eagle at the par-4 17th that wound up being the difference. Koepka's second WM Phoenix Open win rolled right into a Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes Super Bowl. All was right in the world.
It's hard to believe, but that remains Koepka’s most-recent win on the PGA Tour and, barring a shocking performance in one of the majors, it could very well go down as his last. Koepka was among a number of former tour stars to bolt for LIV Golf, and while he did manage a victory last October in one of the upstart circuit’s 54-hole events, he seemingly has not been the player he once was since the 2021 WMPO.
That point was driven home hard on Friday, when news began circulating of Koepka's ugly missed cut on the Asian Tour. Nearly 9,000 miles away from Scottsdale, Koepka was in the field at the International Series Oman, where he went 74-78 and missed the cut by two shots (his brother, Chase, clipped him by two and made the cut). Brooks’ performance comes just one week after a forgettable T-46 in the Saudi International. His most recent previous OWGR-counting start? A missed cut in the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Unsurprisingly, Golf Twitter had no issue piling on the LIV Golf defector:
It should be noted that conditions were pretty brutal at Al Mouj Golf Course in Oman on Friday, to the point where not a single player broke 70. That said, Koepka usually lives for tough conditions, the type in which he can separate himself from the pack in. That was clearly not the case this week.
This latest not-so-great performance comes amid reports that Koepka was "simply too sad" in one episode of Netflix's new "Full Swing" series that Netflix suits decided against opening the series with a "forlorn" Brooks Koepka. One scene, writes Sam Schube of GQ, features Koepka "struggling to come to terms with the fact that he's, frankly, not playing as well as he was two, three years ago, and doesn't quite know how to get a grip on stuff."