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Koepka recovers from disappointing start at Dunlop Phoenix

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Brooks Koepka had a joint 41 under par for his victories in 2016 and 2017

World number one, Brooks Koepka has recovered from a hugely disappointing start at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament holding in Japan.

He has shrugged off a mediocre start that left him three shots off the first-round lead.

And that is at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament which at the moment is taking place in Japan on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the American has also revealed that he is quite confident he has enough time to make up the deficit.

The two-time defending champion of the Japan Golf Tour event was nowhere near his best.

In-spite of that, though, he eked out a reasonable two-under-par 69 at Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki in far-away Asia.

“I did not hit it that great and putted pretty bad,” Koepka told reporters.

“A couple of putts I hit were just bad and couple of putts, I just misread,” the golf great explained.

Koepka has also gone ahead to express confidence in reeling in the leader over the next three days.

“Three shots off the lead is fine,” the double major winner in 2018 said.

“I did not shoot myself out of it which is nice.

“Over four days, you are usually going to have one day when you don’t play your best, hopefully, that was today.

“On this golf course, if you are playing well and controlling distance and making some putts, it is very good.

“With that, you can shoot eight-or-nine-under no problem and I promise that I will do that tomorrow,” he summed up.

Cowen insists Koepka championing golf cause on world stage

Brooks Koepka who became the PGA Tour player of the year recently is championing golf’s cause on the world stage.

Despite the majors and the Ryder Cup having ended, there remains highly significant golf to watch all around the world.

This autumn period is when the new PGA Tour calendar is kicking off in distant locations.

And the European Tour is also putting a finishing touch to its campaign in equally far-flung places.

As a result, a lot of golf pundits can sometimes regard this period as a bit of a silly season.

But not during the weekend that just went by and particularly when the sport crowned a new world number one.

A whole lot of seasoned golf professionals did just enough to retain Tour playing privileges.

And Welshwoman, Becky Morgan also went on to clinch her first victory ever after 18 years of trying.

Around every corner in the world, there were compelling storylines.

And that was with Koepka leading the way with his victory in The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

That was right there on Jeju Island in the Asian nation of South Korea.

“Brooks’ driving is phenomenal,” says his English chief coach, Pete Cowen.

Meanwhile, Cowen actually works together with Claude Harmon in schooling the three-time major champion.

“Him and Dustin when they are on song make the course look so much easier.

“And when your drive is as long and good as that, it will win you tournaments.

“When Justin Thomas drives, he looks flat out but when Dustin and Brooks do it, perfect.

“It looks like they have another gear to go up and they are in a slightly different league,” Cowen concluded.

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