The first round of the Players Championship was a colorful one for Brooks Koepka at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.
Koepka, winner of the Waste Management Open earlier this season, is teeing it up in his first Players Championship this week. No doubt, it'll be a while before he forgets his debut which at times was sensational and -- at other times -- downright dreadful.
Playing the back nine first, Koepka opened with a bogey, but bounced right back with a birdie on No. 11. After pars on 12 and 13, things got, well, a little insane.
Koepka lost his tee shot on the par-4 14th hole. That led to a double bogey to go 2 over for the round. He quickly canceled out the double with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16.
Then, like it does for a lot of players at TPC Sawgrass, things got ugly at the par-3 17th. After hitting his tee ball and his penalty drop shots both in the water, Koepka was finally on the green in five shots and two-putted for a quadruple-bogey 7.
The bleeding didn't stop there. Kopeka, on the difficult par-4 18th hole, hit his third shot in the water from 141 yards out. On the green in five, Koepka three-putted for a quadruple-bogey 8 and an outward 8-over 44. In the span of two holes, he went from even par to 8 over.
With a bogey at the first hole -- his ninth of the day -- Koepka went to 9 over.
Ever the competitor, he went on to birdie three out of his next five holes and then parred the final two for an inward 2-under 34 and a 6-over 78 total.
It's not often pros have six birdies on the card and shoot a 78.
Sure, not the greatest start in the world, but a heck of a bounce back for Koepka who certainly did not pack it in.
Here's a look at the card: