Brooks Koepka Masters Golf 2023 Preview – Can He Return To His Best at Augusta?

Brooks Koepka is one of the most well-known players in golf thanks to a hot streak of form between 2017-2019 which saw him win four major golf championships. During that time, he was comfortably the best golfer on the planet and many speculated that he would dominate the sport for years to come.

A combination of the coronavirus pandemic, injuries and a drop in confidence saw Koepka fail to live up to the lofty expectations that he had placed on himself and he has struggled in recent years. Last year, he made a fresh start away from the PGA Tour by signing with LIV Golf in a move that he hoped would result in a return to form.

Brooks Koepka’s Form this Season

As a professional on the LIV Tour, Koepka has only played three times this season. The lack of competitive action will be a worry for all 18 LIV players heading into the Masters, with most PGA Tour player being in action at least twice a month since September.

His form over the two first events of the year wasn’t great. In the season-opener in Mayakoba, the 32-year-old finished 31st in the 48-player leaderboard, while in Tucson he improved slightly to finish 29th. However, his fortunes changed dramatically at Orlando last weekend as he won the event by one shot. In doing so, he became the first player to win two LIV Golf events after winning in Jeddah last October.

There is no better way to prepare for a major tournament than winning in the immediate build-up, especially for a player with such fragile confidence. If he can take his form at Orlando into Augusta, then he is going to be a serious contender.

Best Result

Winner at LIV Golf Orlando.

Last Result

Winner at LIV Golf Orlando.

Brooks Koepka’s Masters Record

Despite having four major championships to his name, Koepka has never won a green jacket. However, he has come close on a couple of occasions. His best run of form at Augusta National came between 2017-2020.

In 2017, he finished tied for 11th with a score of -1, in 2019, he finished tied for 2nd with a score of -12, and in 2020, he finished tied for 7th with a score of -10. He has failed to post a score under par in any of his other four appearances in the Masters and hasn’t even made the cut in his previous two visits to the famous course.

The closest he came to winning the tournament was undoubtedly in 2019 when he finished one shot behind Tiger Woods. Koepka had co-lead the tournament after both rounds one and two but couldn’t quite get the job done over the weekend. He will be hoping for another bite of the cherry this year.

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Apr 2, 2023; Orlando, Florida, USA; Brooks Koepka of the Smash golf club plays his shot from the sixth tee during the final round of a LIV Golf event at Orange County National. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon sport

Brooks Koepka’s Performance at the Masters So Far

Brooks Koepka has played sensationally over the first two rounds at the 2023 Masters and is currently leading the way with a mammoth score of -12. Koepka started off with a round of 65 and then took full advantage of his early tee time on Friday to post another impressive 67 before the bad weather hit Augusta. Jon Rahm is right on his tail which means he is going to have play well in the wet over the weekend if he is to win his first green jacket.

Odds on Brooks Koepka to Win the Masters

Brooks Koepka was an outsider with the bookmakers before the tournament began with many of them offering odds of 40/1 on a Koepka win. Unsurprisingly, those odds have now slashed and you can get odds of 13/8 on the 32-year-old winning his fifth major championship.

Brooks Koepka Masters Tee Times

Koepka played late on Thursday and early on Friday which he took full advantage of to get in the clubhouse with a score of -12. He will be in the final group on Saturday alongside Jon Rahm.

Brooks Koepka Masters Prediction – 2nd

Koepka has recently said that he is finally injury-free which perhaps went under the radar. Although he is the leader going into the weekend, we expect him to fall just short and finish second to Jon Rahm. The European is more used to playing in wet and windy conditions which just gives him the advantage over Koepka.

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