Koepka sees the first hat-trick of his career in Jeddah


Brooks Koepka
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Already a two-time winner in Saudi Arabia, the American looks to sign another victory to inaugurate an unprecedented streak in his career rich with several successes in the Majors.

Former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka says he is hoping for third luck as he aims for a third title for the first time in his career at the season-opening LIV Golf tournament near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this Friday.

Koepka, who won multiple Majors at the PGA Championship and the US Open in consecutive years during his career, is now a member of LIV Golf, where he won the Saudi event at Royal Greens Golf Club in 2022 and 2023.

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“It feels good to come back from here as a champion twice, I love this golf course,” Koepka told reporters on Wednesday. “Obviously I played well, so (there's) some familiarity, I guess. The golf course hasn't changed in the last six years, so I'll be ready to play this week (…) It's already difficult to win one and then come back. But to have a chance for a hat-trick…”

The victories in Jeddah were not easy for Koepka, who celebrated in the play-off each time, making birdies under great pressure each time while sweating the 18th green. He is on 7 birdies out of 7 when he plays the 18th hole in Jeddah. Real performance. “I would rather play a little less (the 18th hole). I did well in the play-offs, I just wish I wasn't in it anymore,” he added.

The hopes of Sergio Garcia

While Koepka has three wins in total at LIV Golf, former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is still looking for his first after losing twice in playoffs, but the Spaniard is optimistic after doing well in Jeddah in the past. “I've been fortunate to play well here almost every time. Obviously there are certain things about the course that I enjoy and that I love,” he said.

“I've probably had four or five really good chances to win at LIV in the last two years. Which unfortunately ended with a few seconds too long, a few defeats in the play-off and a few Top 3…” And the Spaniard concluded: “I just have to keep giving myself chances. I think if my game is good, I have a chance in Jeddah because I have been good in the past.”

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