Sterling, Va. (AP) – Brooks Koepka returned from a high to win his fifth major championship with a flat round of even-par 72 from Harold Warner III on Friday after the opening round at LIV Golf DC in Trump Eight shots behind. National.
Koepka still had reason to be grateful. On the first hole he used a driver, cracked face.
Koepka said, “Thank God it broke now instead of coming down last week.”
That drive paid off when he hit one of his best tee shots on the reachable par-4 14th at Oak Hill, followed up with bunkers on the 15th that set up a wedge to 4 feet and another PGA Championship. Topic.
It was back to LIV golf just five days after his big win.
Warner started his round with a bogey on the par-3 fourth hole, and that was his only mistake. He had a pair of eagles and five birdies for a 64, giving him a two-shot lead over former US Amateur champion James Piot.
Andy Ogletree, making another debut as a substitute for Paul Casey and his injured leg, was in a group of 68 that included British Open champion Cameron Smith.
Phil Mickelson had six bogeys in his round of 74.