In part two of this ten part blog series about Netflix’s Full Swing, we get an inside look into Brooks Koepka the person, and his recent struggles on the PGA Tour.
Episode two is called Win or Go Home, and it’s centered around Koepka. If you’ve followed the PGA Tour over the last year, then you already know that he’s left the Tour for newly formed, LIV Golf.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW.
Koepka had been on top of the golf world a few years ago after winning a total of four majors at an incredibly fast pace. He was the new “thing” that Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and a few others have obtained during great runs on the Tour. Only Tiger Woods has been able to be the guy for more than a few years, and he’s still the guy over 20 years later.
Netflix shows Koepka in his giant house on the water in Florida, with an incredibly large pool side couch, and a boat. He’s sitting there in an enormous walk in closet with his then fiancé, Jena Sims, and she’s discussing her outfits for something. He’s just sitting there with a blank stare on his face with one word responses, mulling over his struggling golf game.
Koepka says something along the lines of, “I’m there with Jena, or my family, or doing something fun, and all I can think about is my golf swing.” What a gamer, or what could be a terrible thing to happen to someone. He hasn’t been able to win a tournament in a hot minute, and the dude will not stop thinking about his golf swing.
Koepka had a shot of winning the Phoenix Open in early 2022, but made a few mistakes on the 16th hole, and he just spiraled after that. He’s in his massive house, with a massive trophy case containing all of his major trophies. He points to the biggest space in the middle, and says that it is reserved for his first Masters win.
Fast forward a little bit, and Netflix is showing their footage from the 2022 Masters tournament. Koepka essentially has one of the worst weekends of golf for his caliber, and misses the cut. It showed him walk past his dad after the second round without a word, or even acknowledgement. He said he was embarrassed with how he played.
Near the end of the episode the interviewers asked him where he watched the last round of The Masters. Koepka replied back stating that he didn’t watch it, and didn’t even know who won. After a few moments, he asked if Scottie Scheffler had won.
Golf is a cruel game, even to the best in the world, and it definitely showed in Netflix’s Full Swing: Episode Two.
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