“You’ve just got to go out there and try to play some good golf and not look around you and not look at what other guys are doing,” McIlroy said Wednesday, “and trust that by the end of the week things will hopefully even out.”
Like McIlroy, who birdied three of the final six holes, Koepka finished strong. He played the final four holes in three under. Koepka wore all black on Thursday, but pictures of him without a wardrobe seemed to be what most people wanted to discuss on Thursday.
Koepka had posed naked for ESPN Magazine’s September Body issue, and some images were made public this week. Some of the shots were taken at Floridian National Golf Club, his coach’s home base, and Koepka said he won’t soon forget dropping his robe to hit from a tee box near where the coach, Claude Harmon III, was conducting a lesson.
“I’m up on the tee box,” Koepka said, “and they had all their camera stuff set up in front of me face-on, but around the corner I see Claude teaching this, maybe 12-year-old kid, and his mom is just over there. I’m like ‘This is awkward,’ and Claude’s peeking around the corner laughing.”
Koepka added, “I’m pretty sure everybody that was at the golf course saw me that day, but whatever.”
Did he feel self-conscious?
“I never really thought about it,” Koepka said, adding: “I enjoyed it. I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.”