October 18 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Brooks Koepka missed the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, one week after nearly winning in the first TOUR start of his career (excluding majors). He shot 71-74 at TPC Summerlin, missing the cut by six shots.
"I didn't do anything good. I didn't do one thing good," Koepka said. "I was so uncomfortable over the putts. Nothing looked right."
Koepka was scheduled to play next week's BMW Masters in China, but said he withdrew. "I need to go home and rest," he said. He also said he's been given a spot in the field at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Nov. 14-17 in Mexico. Koepka has European Tour status for the remainder of this year and 2014 after winning three times on the Challenge Tour, Europe's equivalent of the Web.com Tour, in 2013. He also is trying to gain PGA TOUR status while playing events as a nonmember.
Koepka, 23, took a two-shot lead into the final round of last week's Frys.com Open, finishing T-3 after a final-round 72 at CordeValle Golf Club. The Florida native has played in Europe since turning pro in June 2012; his only tournaments in the United States before the Frys.com Open were majors (2012 U.S. Open and 2013 PGA Championship). He also played PGA TOUR q-school in 2012, but failed to advance past the second stage. Koepka played last week on a sponsor exemption; his top-10 finish earned him a spot in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.