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Posted February 11, 2021 in "Watts" In The Bag by Tom Brassell
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At the beginning of the final round, the Waste Management Open looked to become a shootout between Xander Schauffele and a red hot (on Saturday) Jordan Spieth.
Four hours later, it was Brooks Koepka firing a final round 65 to win by one over Schauffele and K.H. Lee.
It was combination relief and confirmation for Koepka, who has now won the Waste Management Open twice, having to inch his way back (from injuries) to the championship form that has helped him capture four major championships.
“It’s been a wild ride for the last year and a half and very frustrating,” Koepka said. “I’ve had moments where I didn’t know if I was going to be the same, if I could even come back.
“I went through it mentally,” Koepka added. “I think that’s probably the toughest thing, where you don’t know if you’re ever going to be the same competitor that you were. You go through some real dark places, and it’s not a fun place to be.”
On the 17th, he hit a fairway wood to the fairway just short and right of the green, then holed out for eagle to get to 19 under par.
“I felt like the chip, if I just caught it right in the fringe it was going to check up on me, and it did perfectly,” he said. “Took a nice little right kick for me, and didn’t look anywhere else but the hole.”
“I live for those moments where you got to close, you got to hit some quality shots, quality putts,” Koepka said. “I just like showing off, I guess.”
Check out “Watts” in Koepka’s bag below.
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 (10.5 degrees @10) – Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees) – Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3), Srixon ZX7 (4-PW) – Shafts: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 95 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F, 56-10S), Vokey SM5 TVD (60-08ML) – Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) with one wrap of 2-way tape and one wrap of masking tape
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x