Koepka started Masters week with people talking about how trim he looks, but after just one round the clamour has been put into the background.
Koepka shot an opening round 66 to share the lead at six under as he chases his fourth Major victory and to be in possession of three of golf’s Majors at the same time.
Koepka went bogey free, shooting six birdies, and is tied for the lead with the mad scientist Bryson DeChambeu.
Hardly the ‘sabotage’ Chamblee declared after it emerged Koepka had lost around 20 pounds to appear in ESPN’s Body Issue magazine.
Koepka came into the Masters way down the betting odds due to some shaky form – although he did finish second at the Honda Classic.
However he’s already proving those who claimed he was crazy to lose the weight wrong after the first 18 holes of Major golf in 2019.
Chamblee had said: “The three times he’s played here he’s finished 33rd, 21st and 11th, that’s a pretty darn good trend.
“We know why he didn’t play last year, we know what he did at the end of last year, you can extrapolate what he did at the end of last year and what he was likely to do here at Augusta National if everything were the same.
“Now, for him to change his body and his body chemistry, for vanity reasons, for a vanity shoot, is the most reckless self sabotage that I have ever seen of an athlete in his prime.
“I get why they ask Gary Player to do that shoot. I get why they ask Greg Norman to do that shoot. But to do something that takes you out of your game, to change your game completely, it’s never worked out very well.
“I think he’d be at the top of everybody’s list to win at Augusta National had he not done this and had his game not declined.”
Koepka responded bluntly by saying: “Listen, I’m going to make me happy.
“I don’t care what anybody else says. I’m doing it for me and obviously it seems to work.”
But he did his best talking on the course over the first 18 holes at Augusta, and while there are still 54 to go he’s already started shutting those doubters up.