Koepka happy to hit form

27 February 2021 21:15:59 GMTPlus10

Brooks Koepka admitted it was "nice" to find his form earlier in the season than usual after taking a halfway lead in the Workday Championship at The Concession.

The World Golf Championship event in Florida is stacked with top talent and it is Koepka who holds a one-shot advantage over Collin Morikawa after shooting a six-under par round of 66 to move to 11 under for the tournament.

Koepka, the former world number one and four-time Major champion having won the PGA Championship and US Open twice, went 18 months without a trophy after struggling with injury and missed a couple of cuts earlier this season but showed his wellbeing with a triumph in the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this month.

Friday's second-round effort included seven birdies but he looks set to face a real fight over the weekend with eight players within three shots.

Morikawa, Cameron Smith and Billy Horschel lead the charge on ten under, while Webb Simpson, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Kevin Kisner are also in close proximity.

The round of 64 from Morikawa was the joint-best of the day, alongside Bryson DeChambeau, who was an incredible 13 shots better than his opening effort.

Viktor Hovland slipped out of contention after taking a quadruple-bogey on the final hole, while defending champion Reed also struggled up the stretch with two bogeys after finding water.

That shows how quickly things can change around The Concession but Koepka is the man they all have to catch and the 30-year-old Floridian admits he normally peaks later in the year.

"Usually I can never find my game until The Players," admitted Koepka to the PGA Tour website. "That's kind of when it starts to feel like it's coming around, but the fact that it's here a little bit early is nice."

Koepka is 751.00 to win the WGC-Workday Championship, with Morikawa 1.001 and the consistent Finau at 4001.00.

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