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Brooks Koepka: I want to battle with Rory and Scottie at the Masters

It’ll be just like the old times when Brooks Koepka arrives at the Masters after admitting he misses competing with the two highest-ranked players in the world since joining LIV Golf

 

Brooks Koepka is relishing the opportunity to face off with Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler at the Masters – admitting he misses the battles with the best in the business.

Koepka rolled in a short putt at the 54th hole in Orlando to become the first player to win multiple LIV events at the weekend and his mind immediately turned to the Masters.

The four-time major champion claims he hasn’t been healthy heading to Augusta National since coming second to Tiger Woods in 2019, having dealt with injuries to his knees and wrist.

But it’s a fit and more confident Koepka who teased the mouth-watering prospect of competing with McIlroy and Scheffler down Magnolia Lane.

“(The) next week is a big week,” Koepka said. “I’m playing good, and there’s really no better way to go into Augusta than playing good and getting a win.

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“I’m very confident. (I) like where the game is at. Just need to go out and try to rest up for three days, do my usual nine holes every day, and do the homework around the greens, just get a little more adjusted with Augusta.

“It was nice to see these greens speed up this week. There were definitely some dicey spots – from four feet you had some downhill sliders that were outside the hole by a good bit, which resembled Augusta a little bit.

“It’ll be great just to see all the good players back, back in one field again, right? It’s the first time we’ve seen it in a long time. That’ll be exciting.

“I’m looking forward to it, just to see everybody and compete against them, because at the end of the day – I do miss playing against Rory, I do miss playing against Scottie, and I’m sure they miss playing against us as well.

“That’s a fact. You always want to play against the best. That’s going to make Augusta even more special.”

You could be forgiven for thinking Koepka’s major-winning chances in 2023 were slim prior to last week, as he has failed to break the top 45 in his last six ranking events dating back to last year’s Masters.

Not only does his win at Orange County National represent an up-turn in form, but a step towards the formidable character that accumulated 47 weeks as World No 1 while on the PGA Tour.

His fellow LIV colleague Patrick Reed has talked up the prospect of a LIV player slipping on the Green Jacket in recent days.

Greg Norman declared, in an interview with NewsCorp, if one of his recruits won the Masters the other 17 LIV competitors in the field would congratulate them on the 18th green.

Koepka stoked up this image too and emphasised the significance of another major trophy belonging to the LIV roster.

“If one of the LIV players does win,” he added, “It’ll definitely be a huge statement for LIV, and I know that all 18 of us want to win.

“I think when you look at it, if one of the guys does, I would be shocked if all of us aren’t there.”

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

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