Brooks Koepka Flies To See Butch Harmon For Answers

Brooks Koepka was the #1 player in the world until a balky knee and swing issues led to diminished returns on the course. So, he took an emergency to Las Vegas to see the swing guru Butch Harmon on Sunday.

GolfChannel’s Randall Mell has the details including how many swings it took Harmon to find the problem.

“It’s one of those things where I just needed a different set of eyes, maybe something might click, because I was failing,” Koepka said Wednesday in his pre-tournament news conference. 

Harmon gave Koepka his fix.

“He saw it in four swings,” Koepka said. “I had planned on being out there all day on Tuesday, except he told me to fly out here, to get out here and practice, because he felt like everything was on the right track. Now, it’s our job to make sure that it progresses.”

Brooks got the blessing of current coach Claude Harmon with Pete Cowen as his short-game coach and with Jeff Pierce as his putting coach.

“It’s all me not being able to do what Claude’s told me to do, what Pete’s told me to do, Jeff on the putting  – that’s me. Whether it’s lack of concentration, focus, decisiveness, whatever it might be, that’s all on my shoulders. It has nothing to do with anybody else.”

Koepka hasn’t found his form since returning in January. In five worldwide starts this year – two in the Middle East on the European Tour and three on the PGA Tour – he has yet to record his first top-10. He missed the cut at the Honda Classic two weeks ago and tied for 47th at Bay Hill last week.

“My knee’s fine,” Koepka said. “My knee’s exactly where it should be.

Should be interesting if the fixes take this week at the Players Championship.