2020 Masters Choose Your Own Adventure, Rory McIlroy vs. Brooks Koepka: Falling Just Short


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Pictured: Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy

He succumbs to the injury.

As it turns out, even Koepka has his kryptonite.

The golfer who bills himself as an athlete, the guy who breaks all the rules about those who play the game professionally not being able to compete in another sport, finally hit the wall on the back-nine.

You watched the entire thing: It was a valiant performance.

He tried. Tried his best in unfortunate circumstances, with that knee continuing to bother him more during the round.

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How unlucky is that? It’s one thing to have a lingering injury, but what kind of wrath have the golf gods put upon him for ensuring that the pain spiked during what was the most important round of the year?

That wasn’t the only bad luck he had, either.

Three times on the back-nine — three! — he hit seemingly solid approach shots that caught a bunker lip and trickled back into the sand. That’s unlucky for any golfer on any day, but when those specific shots were clearly causing him the most pain, it was doubly hapless.

On every hole, Koepka was cheered on with cries of, “Keep fighting, Brooks!” and “Don’t think about the pain!” He should be credited for at least trying, for giving it a fighting chance when there perhaps wasn’t another situation in any other tournament that would’ve kept him on the golf course.

In the end, though, a final-round 75 was only enough to leave him with the second-biggest hurt of the day.

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