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Brooks Koepka on Sunday 71, following Saturday 81 at API: ‘Still sh--‘

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ORLANDO, Fla. – In addition to rising to world No. 1 and bagging four majors in three years, Brooks Koepka has also established himself as a no-Fs-given truth-teller.

His comments after his closing round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational fit that mold.

Asked to compare his Sunday 71 to his Saturday 81, here's how he summed it up: "Still sh--. Still sh--. Putting better."

Koepka on career-worst 81 at API: ‘I’m a big boy'

In blustery conditions at Bay Hill on Saturday, Brooks Koepka carded his career-worst round of 81. "I'm a big boy. I can handle it," he said.

When it was then suggested that he "probably can't say that on the podium," Koepka offered an elegant solution.

"Well, fine me," he said with a laugh, before continuing on about his putting. "I found something with my putting, so my putting, the touch is back. I feel very confident with that. But still close on the swing, sometimes it's there and then sometimes it's not."

Koepka is in the middle of a five-events-in-five-weeks stretch that will see him go from the Honda Classic to the Arnold Palmer Invitational to the Players Championship to the Valspar Championship to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play without a break. After knee problems kept him sidelined for much of the fall, he's still trying to play his way back into form.

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Under normal circumstances, he'd never consider playing five weeks in a row, but that's the course of action he's settled on, even if this isn’t his favorite part of the schedule. 

"To tell you the truth, I mean, I would never play more than three weeks in a row," he admitted. "But obviously sometimes things happen and the only way I see getting through this is playing. That's my way of trying to grind and work it out and figure it out.

“I mean, every year we have come – I  don't know how far back, to 2016 – all the way through the Match Play has been terrible. So I don't know what it is about these first three months of the year, but I struggle quite a bit.”