Brooks Koepka: I miss playing against Rory

Ronan MacNamara

Rory McIlroy & Brooks Koepka (Photo: Getty Images)

Perhaps a hint to the powers that be at Augusta National that Brooks Koepka wants a marquee grouping for the first two rounds of the Masters this week.

Koepka admits he misses playing with Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler on a regular basis and is excited to see all the best players in the world heading up Magnolia Lane this week.

Koepka was speaking after picking up his second LIV Golf win in six starts in Orlando and he feels fully healthy heading to Augusta for the first time since finishing runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2019.


“Yeah, 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,” said the four-time major champion.

“I’m looking forward to it, just to see everybody and compete against them, because at the end of the day, I’ll be honest, 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.”

Koepka pipped Columbia’s Sebastian Munoz to win the third LIV event of the season as he became comfortably the most high profile winner of the season.

Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson also showed signs of form heading for the first major of the season and Koepka, buoyed by his latest win, feels confident.

“Next week is a big week. I would say so. I’m playing good, and there’s really no better way to go into Augusta than playing good and get a win.

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

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

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