Brooks Koepka, a pre-tourney co-fave at 18/1 outright, orchestrated a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to finish off his fourth appearance on 18-under 266, good for solo second, two adrift of champion Rod Pampling who shot 65.
The 26-year-old began the final frame in a two-way T2 with Pampling, one shy of 54-hole leader Lucas Glover, who shot 69 and finished solo third. He was chasing his second TOUR title in his 65th career start, joining his maiden win at the 2015 WM Phoenix Open where he came from three back in the final round with a 5-under 66 to win by two. The FSU product, who began the week with a career-low 62, mustered seven (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.446 SG: Putting. He squared a lone bogey-4 at the fifth (3-putt from 13'4"), saved par from 16'7" at the 11th, and circled birdies at 2 (from 62'6"), 4, 13, 15 and 16. Koepka, T40 last week at the WGC-HSBC, nets his third career runner-up after posting P2-T2 in back-to-back starts last season.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 07:49:00 PM