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Brooks Koepka cards career-worst 81 at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Brooks Koepka’s round on Saturday did not go as planned, to say the least.

Koepka, the No. 3-ranked golfer in the world, fell 26 spots on the leaderboard in the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando, Florida, after he carded a 9-over 81 — the worst round he’s ever posted on the PGA Tour.

“I didn’t play very good,” Koepka said, via the Golf Channel. “It’s tough. You would’ve taken 2-over today.”

Koepka, who was 1-over after his first two rounds, opened up Saturday with a pair of bogeys and finished his front side with a double. His back nine wasn’t any better, either, as he started with four bogeys in his first five holes en route to the 9-over — his worst round on Tour since the 2013 Open Championship.

In total, he hit just three fairways, five greens and needed 30 putts. 

Koepka has struggled so far this season while recovering from a knee injury, which he re-aggravated at The CJ Cup in South Korea in October. After missing The Presidents Cup, the 29-year-old returned at The Genesis Invitational last month, but finished T43 and then missed the cut two weeks later at The Honda Classic. 

He’s currently in T64 heading into Sunday’s round at Bay Hill, 16-shots behind leader Tyrrell Hatton in his fifth event of the PGA Tour season.

Despite the recent struggles, however, the seven-time Tour winner isn’t too worried about righting the ship before The Players Championship next week. 

“I’m a big boy,” Koepka said, via the Golf Channel. “I can handle it.”

Brooks Koepka had a rough day on Saturday at Bay Hill, finishing with his worst score ever on the PGA Tour. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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