With the release Thursday of the photo of Brooks Koepka in the raw – part of an ESPN collection for its body issue – some wondered if the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer might take a little ribbing from his peers.
Well, yeah, of course.
Wouldn’t you give him the needle if you could?
Friday morning, the teasing well and truly began. Awaiting Koepka’s arrival for his second round of the Tour Championship was a copy of the photo plastered over the name marking his East Lake parking space.
Suddenly it was a spot reserved for some ancient Greek athlete who decided to play a little golf here this week.
According to one of the security guards working the lot, it was Koepka’s south Florida buddy Dustin Johnson who applied the photo.
Asked Thursday, following a 67 that left him tied for the lead, if he had heard any snark from the locker room, Koepka said, “I don't know. I never spend too much time in the locker room. I mean, I got here probably an hour and ten minutes before the tee time. They've all known. They've all known for a while. It's all good. I mean, I've walked around naked in the locker room before.”
But he had to know something was coming. Friday was the first salvo. Welcome to your next couple of weeks, Brooks Koepka.