PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Brooks Koepka doesn't sound like a man who was seven strokes from the beat through three rounds of The Open.
"No one has beaten it better than me this week. I've beaten it as well as I could imagine," he said Saturday after a third round of 67 at Royal Portrush.
This was not free from the four-time He ranks 22 in the field in greens in regulation, beats 14 out of 18 on Saturday and 14 in fairways hit. Officials do not keep strokes-gained statistics at The Open, but if they did Koepka's tee-to-green performance would undoubtedly be impressive.
However, his play on Royal Portrush's greens would explain why he will begin the final round bound for fourth and seven beats from the record rate set by Shane Lowry.
"I put the worst in the whole field, "Koepka said." It has been really bad. Very frustrating. Disappointed. "
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The statistics would also prove that the score. Koepka has needed 29 puts in each of the first three days, and He lacked many birdie opportunities on day 3 that would have closed the gap at Lowry.
"They feel good putts when they come out of the blade. But they burn the edge. That's the only thing I can say, Koepka said. "They feel like good pits. They're all knocking there. The speed is good."
Koepka marched straight to the training boundary that followed his round in his ongoing attempt to find an answer to his way of folding. But he remained optimistic in his quest to win his fifth major – and fourth in his last seven major starts.
"I just need to do good one day," he said.