Frys.com Open: Brooks Koepka Leading after Two
Koepka, who has been playing and rooming together with fellow American Peter Uilhein on the European Tour. Actually won his way onto their biggest Tour after winning three events on the Challenge Tour.
Over the past season, Koepka has teed it up in 17 different countries, having to order more pages for his passport, as the rest were all full. Talk about earning loyalty points.
Not forgetting that a victory this week would Earn him a two year exemption on the PGA Tour. He also reflects on his time abroad and the life experience it provided him.
"You're traveling the world at 23," said Koepra. "That's good. And it's a good experience playing overseas. I think you'll see a lot more guys doing it. I think everybody wants to be a worldwide player. At least for me, that's what I want to be able to do. Play the European Tour and PGA Tour. I just need to get established over here a little more."
If he wanted to establish himself in the U.S. a little more -- He's off to a great start at CordeValle this week.
Beginning on No. 10 this afternoon, Koepka had an up and down opening nine holes, which included four birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at the par-5, 15th. making the turn in 32.
The back nine for the long hitting, four time Challenge Tour winner would be where would be able to gain ground, without losing too much back to the course with squares on the score card.
Birdies on Nos. 2 and 5 before his lone bogey at the par-4, 6th. Would set up a strong finish of back-to-back birdies to end his round. Carding a 7-under, 64 and taking the outright lead into the weekend.
Fully knowing what this weekend and a victory means. Koepka is taking it all in stride as if he has been there before. He has of course, just not at the PGA Tour level.
"There's no pressure. just enjoying it right now," he said after his round. "Looking forward to the weekend. I don't see any pressure. Yeah, it would be big. Obviously be nice to win and get status over here. But you play good, everything kind of takes care of itself."
Koepka takes the lead heading into Saturday's third round at 11-under par. Leading Jason Kokrak (-10), Robert Garrigus and Jim Herman (-9) and Camilo Villegas (-8).
Posted by Eddie Garrison