This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
There he was, the former No. 1 player in the world who had been struggling for some time but now suddenly was back in contention. Golf fans – on the course, watching on TV and posting on Twitter – were going wild.
That was quite a scene. Or should we say, scenes. Because that very script played out not once but twice – first on Saturday, and again on Sunday.
Fans were undoubtedly rooting for golf's golden boy, Jordan Spieth, to pick up the win. Instead, a pretty amazing alternate ending unfolded when one of the sport's villains, Brooks Koepka, was the last man standing after an absolutely riveting weekend of golf in Phoenix.
While Spieth and fellow 54-hole leader Xander Schauffele faltered, Koepka erased a five-shot deficit and claimed victory for the first time since July of 2019. The dagger was a nearly 100-foot chip-in for eagle on 17 that highlighted a 7-under round of 65. Of Koepka's winning 19-under total, 15 of those shots came on the final six holes at TPC Scottsdale.
While Spieth on Saturday and Koepka on Sunday had similar storylines, there were and are some cavernous differences: Koepka, as we said, hadn't won in nearly 19 months; Spieth is going on four years. Koepka had fallen to 13th in the world rankings; Spieth had plummeted to 91st. Koepka recorded three top-10s in the past six months, including at the Masters; Spieth hadn't had one in eight months.
And most importantly, Koepka's problems