What happened to Brooks Koepka on Sunday at the 2020 PGA Championship?

The look of disappointment from a man who could've gone back-to-back-to-back.

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Coming into the final round on Sunday at the 2020 PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka was many golf fans’ pick to win it all. He fired a shot across the bow the day before — “I like my chances, he’s only won one,” he said of 54-hole leader DJ — yet by Sunday’s back nine, he had been dropped from the broadcast altogether.

So what happened?

1. Too much talk

Brooks plays his best when there’s a chip on his shoulder, and he’s got something to prove. That’s great, but the problem — in any sport — with athletes that use that as a form of motivation, is that once you do start winning, it’s hard to pretend that you still have a chip on your shoulder.

You’re winning, after all, and fans love a winner!

And so, guys like Brooks start go looking for things to pick on. Bryson has been his preferred target recently (becoming strangely obsessed with the guy, if you ask me), but on Saturday, it was DJ in his sights. He fired a shot at him that even Rory McIlroy took issue with, and I can’t help but suspect all Brooks’ trolling is taking focus away from his own game, and placing undue pressure on himself.

2. The left miss

Brooks is so good on the biggest stage, it’s easy to forget that he wasn’t actually playing very well coming into the PGA Championship. When the pressure ticked up on Sunday, it showed. His signature pull-fade started missing left; he lost more than a shot on the field with his irons, and his short game wasn’t there to bail him out…

3. Putting struggles

When Brooks is winning, it shows up in his putting. When he’s not, it shows up in his putting. Ordinarily so clutch from short range, his struggles from tee-to-green put undue pressure on his putting, and he didn’t convert. He lost more than two and a half strokes with his flatsick, capping a frustrating mark on a disappointing day.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Game Improvement Content at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.