Broken clubs behind him, Koepka feeling better about game

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Brooks Koepka tees off on the second hole during the Genesis Invitational pro-am golf event at Riviera Country Club, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

LOS ANGELES – Brooks Koepka is back at Riviera with a healthy dose of confidence from winning and the same set of irons.

The latter illustrates some of the frustration for a four-time major champion who was trying to get back to the form that made him No. 1 in the world. He missed the cut in Mexico to end the year. He missed the cut in Palm Springs to start the year. And then he missed the cut at Torrey Pines and was at his breaking point.

Instead, he broke his clubs.

Twice.

“I snapped two sets of irons after playing Mexico and then after Torrey, and I don't really do that,” Koepka said Wednesday at the Genesis Invitational. “So there was quite a bit of frustration, but at the same time, you've just got to stick it out. I felt like my patience is always there. It's just sometimes results take a little bit longer.”

There are photos to illustrate what Koepka did to his clubs, but those stay among his posse. More than a snap decision, this sounded as though it involved some premeditation.

“I did it at the house. I wouldn't do it so everybody else could see,” Koepka said. “It was in the living room. I walked right into the house and just (snapped it) right over the knee.”

Winning doesn't take of everything, but it goes a long way. Koepka felt good about his game at the Phoenix Open, and winning with a bold charge on the back nine only affirmed what he was thinking.