Brooks Koepka has no interest in wearing a microphone on the golf course.
That didn’t stop him from coming up with the best R-rated line last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Standing off the green, watching Jon Rahm chip in for birdie, Brooksie casually remarked: “Pretty f#%king good there.” That one about knocked Jim Nantz out of his seat at the 18th tower.
Fast forward to Harbour Town Golf Links and Brooksie has some choice words for the talking heads that make up the broadcast teams:
“If the announcers would just shut up and listen, you could hear every word that we’re talking about. I don’t understand what the thing is. Half the time the lady’s holding a boom mic, and she’s listening to everything we’re saying all the way down. If they would just shut up, they could hear everything.”
Good point by Koepka. “I don’t understand why they want us to wear a mic when there’s a boom mic that stands 10 feet away from every shot that I hit.”
After a lackluster showing last week, Koepka started to look more like himself Thursday. He opened with 67, just three back of the first round leaders. He was the best of the top five. His finish last week dropped him from third to fourth in the Official World Golf Rankings. Didn’t matter, he was the best of the top five on day one.
World’s No. 1 was no ball of fire. Rory McIlroy looked like he was suffering from a Sunday In Fort Worth hangover. He closed with 74 at Colonial and on Thursday, struggled for most of the day. He had to birdie his final hole, the ninth, to shoot one-over par 72.
Jon Rahm was slightly better, he shot even par 71. No. 3 Justin Thomas shot over par — 72.
Dustin Johnson was a shot back of Koepka, but it could have been so much better for D.J. He was three-under for his round when he left his tee shot at the par three hanging right — splash! His water-ball led to a triple-bogey six but he fought back with two birdies on the way in to post 68.
Adam Hadwin Wears The Unlucky Mic:
This week’s mic-wearer at the RSM Classic is Canadian Adam Hadwin. It was an interesting eavesdrop.
At the par four 13th, Hadwin found a fairway bunker on the left side of the hole. He moved one rock from behind his ball then reached for what he thought was another rock. “I think that’s a violation,” he said to his caddie as what he thought was a rock, was actually a tiny clump of sand. “I thought it was a rock — I grabbed it and it dissolved in my fingers — it was sand.”
Hadwin sent for a rules official, who verified what Hadwin already knew. It was indeed a violation, a two-shot penalty.
“Thanks, screw you but thanks,” Hadwin chuckled as the tour official drove off.
Hadwin went on to shoot over par — 72 — same fate Rickie Fowler suffered at Colonial on day one.
For the record, the un-miced Fowler shot 67 on Thursday.