Brooks Koepka bemoans Los Angeles Country Club saying he’s ‘not a huge fan of this place’

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Brooks Koepka bemoans Los Angeles Country Club saying he’s ‘not a huge fan’ of the US Open host after making the cut at even par

  • Koepka says he’s ‘not a huge fan of blind tee shots’ that appear across the course 
  • The PGA Championship winner will need a big Saturday to stay in contention 
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The most recent major championship winner, Brooks Koepka, has not been the biggest fan of the Los Angeles Country Club this week.

While some golfers, like Rickie Fowler, Wyndham Clark, and Xander Schauffele have been able to rack up successes at the course, Koepka is not among them.

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The reigning PGA Championship winner is sitting at even par after 36 holes, good enough to make the cut and be tied for 30th.

But that doesn’t mean that Koepka is enjoying the environment a in which he is playing.  

‘I’m not a huge fan of this place,’ said Koepka per ESPN. ‘I’m not a huge fan of blind tee shots, and then I think there’s just some spots that no matter what you hit, the ball just ends up in the same spot.

Brooks Koepka isn't enjoying Los Angeles Country Club after making the cut at even par

Brooks Koepka isn’t enjoying Los Angeles Country Club after making the cut at even par

‘I think it would be more fun to play on just like a regular round than it would be a U.S. Open. I mean, there’s, what, two 8s yesterday? That doesn’t happen.’

Those ‘two 8’s’ in question were the record breaking 8-under 62s that Fowler and Schauffele shot on Thursday.

Both players became the first to ever shoot that low in a single US Open round and they tied Branden Grace’s record from the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale for the lowest round in a major. 

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It was all part of one of the lowest scoring opening rounds in US Open history – with the average score falling to 71.39.

Koepka, who has won this tournament twice at Erin Hills in Wisconsin and Shinnecock Hills out on Long Island, felt he played better in his first two rounds at LACC than he did his last two rounds at the PGA where he won his fifth major.

The LIV rebel shot 4-under 66 and 3-under 67 at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York to beat out Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffeler by two shots.

‘I won majors on golf courses that I haven’t really liked too much,’ Koepka said. ‘But, yeah, this one, I don’t know. It’s not my favorite.’

Koepka has a long hill to climb if he wants to win back-to-back majors – something he did before in 2018.

Koepka has said this course is 'not his favorite' owing to the course's blind tee shots

Koepka has said this course is ‘not his favorite’ owing to the course’s blind tee shots

The two-time US Open champion and five-time major winner is paired with Mackenzie Huges

The two-time US Open champion and five-time major winner is paired with Mackenzie Huges

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‘Obviously, I got to play two good rounds, so that’s something I have to do,’ Koepka said.

‘But definitely would like to be further up from where I’m at. But it all depends what happens today, whether the wind picks up. … Who knows what those guys are going to get to.

‘I thought every pin position was fine,’ Koepka added. ‘I didn’t think anything was really tricked up. 

‘I guess I just didn’t play that great, so not going to really shoot a good number.’

Koepka is paired with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and is set to tee off at around 3:34pm ET for his third round.

If LIV Golf hopes to complete a double this season, their best odds currently lie with Dustin Johnson who sits at six-under and is tied for sixth.

Fowler currently leads the pack at ten-under, one shot ahead of Wyndham Clark going into the third round.

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