Coaches earn Koepka credit after Phoenix win

08 February 2021 21:10:55 GMTPlus10

Brooks Koepka credited his coaches after he carded a final-round 65 to land victory at the Phoenix Open on Sunday.

The four-time major winner had been without a PGA Tour success since claiming the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in July 2019, but he finished with a flourish at TPC Scottsdale to end a two-year trophy drought.

Koepka's win in Memphis cemented his position as world number one but a knee injury stopped him in his tracks during the CJ Cup in Korea and that led to a torrid 2020 campaign.

But the 30-year-old, who has twice won the US Open and the PGA Championship, made two eagles, three birdies and one bogey in his six-under-par round as he got back on the winning trail in emphatic fashion, finishing on 19-under overall.

South Korea's Kyoung-Hoon Lee and American Xander Schauffele, who had led overnight with Jordan Spieth, tied for second, one shot behind Koepka.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy finished six shots behind winner Koepka after a final-round 64.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his victory, Koepka, who broke his PGA Tour duck in Phoenix in 2015, said: "I love this place. This golf course is always fun. It feels good.

"I like the way I finished it off - I hit a lot of quality shots down the stretch. To hit golf shots like I'm accustomed to seeing and when the pressure is on is a good feeling."

Koepka was also full of praise for coaches Butch Harman and Pete Cowen while also thanking long-time swing coach Claude Harmon, despite announcing they were parting company last month.

The 30-year-old Floridian said: "In my mind, Butch is the best swing coach to ever live. Him and Pete Cowen, the two best.

"You know, all three of those guys have basically changed my career, I think."

Koepka is 29.00 to win the 2021 US Masters, while he can be backed at 17.00 for the 2021 US Open.

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