NASSAU, Bahamas – What’s old is new again.
At the risk of succumbing to nostalgia for the pandemic, next year could remember the golden days of 2019. Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, who dominated – Koepka won the PGA of America Player of the Year, McIlroy PGA TOUR POY – give a glimpse into their old form.
“I’ve worked my tail off for the past two months and see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Koepka, who shot a second round of 67 to get 10 under, one behind Bryson DeChambeau, 64, halfway through Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club.
McIlroy, who won his only official TOUR start in the fall (THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT), who shot a 71 and is four back, is playing so well he said he wish it was March. It swings too well, he added, to risk mothballing the clubs for long periods of time over Christmas.
Both players are former world number 1, four-time major winners and in their early 30s (Koepka is 31, McIlroy 32) However, what brought them to earth wasn’t a thing.
Koepka was slowed down by leg and hip injuries and missed parts of the last two seasons. He qualified for the 2019 Presidents Cup but did not play at it, missed THE PLAYERS Championship last season and admits his results were generally lacking. And frustrating.
“Not good enough for me,” he said.
On the plus side, he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open last season and defeated Bryson DeChambeau in The Match in Las Vegas last week. Koepka also loves what he’s seen so far on his Cleveland Golf and Srixon gear, especially the ball. He will go on vacation mode after the Hero to return to the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui in January.