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Koepka Realises His Dream At The PGA
Brian Koepka may not have threatened at the PGA Championship this week, but he did make the cut and that meant that he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing with Tiger Woods.
Woods, a hero to many of Koepka's generation of golfers, is often derided for his poor manners, and closed book personality out on the course, but his Sunday playing partner was full of praise.
Koepka said: “I think everyone my age admired him growing up, he's the reason I'm playing. It was a bunch of fun to play with him. Nice guy. Hell of a player.”
When asked what sparked their flowing chat around the course Koepka added: “Not really golf, we were just talking about other things, just life and things like that. It's fun, it's fun to play with him.”
Woods isn't used to getting such glowing reports about the company he provides out on the course, but he too seemed to enjoy playing alongside Koepka.
Woods said: “We were talking about [how] he lives right down the road from where I live and he's thinking about becoming a member at Medalist. “It's good to see. I mean, he earned his way. He won three times, and now he's on the European Tour. It's good to see. Good, old-fashioned work pays off and he should be proud of it.”
A closing 77 for Koepka, and a level-par 70 for Woods meant that neither player came close to being in the mix on Sunday evening. But the bromance is definitely blossoming.