Brooks Koepka shutting down until Open Championship

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Brooks Koepka (Getty Images)

Brooks Koepka never got a chance to celebrate his second consecutive U.S. Open win, having played in this week’s Travelers Championship, but he will soon get his opportunity to relax.

“I’m shutting it down for a while,” Koepka said after his final round of the Travelers on Sunday. “I don’t feel like I need to play. I feel like my game’s in a good spot, played really well this week. Just some stupid mistakes and mental errors. That’s all it was, lack of focus, low energy. To be honest with you, I’m not surprised. I did play well though, I putted well, and I’m somewhat pleased.”

Koepka fired four straight rounds in the 60s this week, capped by a 5-under 65 in Round 4. 

“The conditions got a little tougher. The wind was kind of swirling all over the place in the last couple holes, but played really well,” Koepka said. “I felt like today was kind of the first day. I got everything back. I actually overslept this morning. I usually don’t set my alarm. I’m usually up at 5 or 6:00. And I woke up at 8:20 today. So I was definitely running behind, but it was nice to catch up on some sleep.”

Even though the last two weeks have been busy, Koepka was happy to honor his commitment to the Travelers this week.

“I feel good, actually. It was nice to come out and play an event right after you win,” he said. “Last year I took a month off. I touched a club once and then came out to the British. So it was nice to have some extra reps going into the British.

“I know next week I probably won’t touch the clubs, but, you know, it’s a good feeling to be back. I like this place. I like this golf course. It really rewards good play. I feel like you’re on, you can really shoot a low number but if you just hit it a little bit off, this golf course can be very difficult, and that’s the beauty of this place.”

Despite its inconvenient placement right behind a major championship, Koepka believes he will come back to TPC River Highlands and compete here again.

“I’d like to come back. I like this golf course,” Koapka said. “It really suits me. I think, obviously, being the week after the U.S. Open it’s going to be tough especially on the west coast. We’ll see how guys are feeling. The schedule is going to be shaken up so much next year where I don’t even know what events are what, the order of anything. But everything’s going to be crammed, and you’ve got to keep playing.

“So I don’t know if it will drop off just for the fact that guys are going to be coming back to the east coast anyways, and most guys do live on the east coast. But how they treatise here and how Travelers runs the event, I don’t see much of a drop off.”