PGA's Koepka hits impressive 208-yard albatross at TPC


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.

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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.

“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 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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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
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