Brooks Koepka breaks through to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, his first PGA TOUR victory.
A final round of -5 under par gave Brooks his first PGA TOUR win, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with a -15 under par tournament total. He explained how it felt, and was really happy to win with Titleist’s new 2015 Pro V1x ball;
“It feels amazing. The last few weeks I’ve put in a lot of hard work, changing my putting stroke completely and everything seems to be going right. I’m happy to get the win.”
“I got a chance to practice with the new ball a lot while I was home the last couple of months and I feel really confident.”
“The tipping point for me is its performance from 60 yards and in and its softer feel than the previous generation”
“The length off my metals and long irons is similar, but I love the reaction I get from it on my scoring shots, so I am looking forward to playing it under the gun.”
Tied in second place, just one shot adrift at -14 under par were Ryan Palmer, Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson.
Bubba lamented messing up a few shots on the day;
“All in all, it was a great day, a couple shots here and there.”
The driver’s working really good right now, the irons are always pretty good, it’s just making a few putts.”
“You know, at the start of the week, I’d be happy just having a chance on Sunday, but when push comes to shove, we always want a little bit more.”
54 hole leader Martin Laird and Spanish amateur Jon Rahm finished tied for fifth place at -12 under par.
Martin was right there until a few late mistakes cost him dear;
“Standing on 17 and tied for the lead is kind of where you want to be.”
“It’s obviously going to be a hard one to take the way the last two holes went.”
“For me it’s a perfect 5-wood, 9-iron like I did the second time. Gives me as good a chance making birdie as hitting driver. That was my mindset, didn’t go as planned.”
“I don’t see why I can’t go next week and get in contention and hopefully get a win.”
Jordan Spieth had a good tournament T7 at -11 under par and said he achieved what he set out to do;
“The goal for the tournament was to get to ten-under.”
“Five birdies and no bogeys, just a clean card, I’d have been really happy with, so six-under I was very pleased with for the first one back in a very long time.”
“The first couple of rounds I certainly had some rust I was getting off. Today, other than the last hole, it was really all positives.”
“Probably my biggest improvement of the year was in my putting, so this year I’m just trying to continue to work on it, do the same things I did last year and try to get even better.”