Webb Simpson stole the show at the Players Championship, carding a score of 18 under to easily the win the “fifth major” by four shots over Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwarzel and Xander Schauffele.
Tiger Woods thrilled golf fans by going 10-under on the weekend to finish in a tie for 11th place at 11-under, after getting it to 14-under only to splash one in the water at 17 for a double bogey.
But Brooks Koepka had the shot of the tournament, the rare albatross on the par-5 16th hole.
It was a thing of beauty.
After a perfect drive just over 300 yards, Koepka hit a 6-iron from 208 yards out that bounced once one the green and caromed into the hole for a double-eagle 2, or albatross.
Immediately, his score went from 7-under to 10-under.
Koepka posted a course-record-tying round of 63 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 11th place at 11-under for the tournament.
Brooks Koepka talks about his albatross on No. 16 and tying the course record with a 63. https://t.co/GNUwTUgIos
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“It was a three quarter 6-iron, we thought it was perfect,” said Koepka after the round.
“To be honest with you, I was aiming 15 feet left. It started out a little bit left and faded with the wind right on line. To have it one hop in was pretty cool,” he added.
Koepka goes 2-2 on 16 & 17 after jarring it from 208 and hitting a wedge inside 5 feet. Useful.
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Koepka went on to birdie 17, which put him in position to break the course record of 63, shared by eight golfers, including Simpson, who fired a 63 in the second round.
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“I knew if you hit a good shot into 18 you could have a good look. I hit a great shot in there and left the putt you want, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it,” Koepka said.
Next week the tour moves to Dallas for the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament.
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