Don’t wait for Brooks Koepka to lose much sleep because of his finish at the AT&T Byron Nelson after contending, but ultimately falling short in a tune-up ahead of a major title defense. He was the only player ranked inside the top 10 in the world to tee it up this week in Dallas, and he closed with a bogey-free 65 at Trinity Forest to finish the week at 20 under.
Koepka said that sometimes a person could get beat and that happened this week. He felt like he was striking it well; put it well, especially the putts coming down the stretch.
Koepka will defend the title he won last summer at Bellerive next week at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. After a T-2 finish at the Masters Koepka will renew his search for a fourth career major title, having claimed three of the last eight he has played.
He now adds his close call at Trinity Forest to a runner-up at the Honda Classic in February as signs that his game can elevate him into contention at nearly any type of Tour venue – including the major variety. Koepka said he likes his chances for the next week, the way he plays and the way everything feels.