Koepka
Koepka


Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka (born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking

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Brooks KoepkaKoepka in a 2016 Nike promotional videoPersonal informationBorn (1990-05-03) May 3, 1990 (age 28)
West Palm Beach, FloridaHeight6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)Nationality United StatesResidenceJupiter, FloridaCareerCollegeFlorida State UniversityTurned professional2012Current tour(s)PGA TourFormer tour(s)European Tour
Challenge TourProfessional wins12Number of wins by tourPGA Tour5European Tour4Japan Golf Tour2Challenge Tour4Best results in major championships
(wins: 3)Masters TournamentT2: 2019U.S. OpenWon: 2017, 2018The Open ChampionshipT6: 2017PGA ChampionshipWon: 2018Achievements and awardsSir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year2014PGA Player of the Year2018PGA Tour
Player of the Year2018

Brooks Koepka (born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup.[1] He had won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship earlier in the year. He started his career on the European Challenge Tour and eventually the European Tour. He played collegiate golf at Florida State University.

Koepka claimed his first major championship at the U.S. Open in 2017 at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.[2][3] He successfully defended his title in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, the first golfer to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, shooting a major-championship-record-tying 264 over 72 holes. His 2018 victories in the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship were the first instance of that double since Tiger Woods in 2000.

Contents Early years and amateur career

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Koepka was raised in Lake Worth, and attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. He played college golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he won three events and was a three-time All-American.[4] He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur, but missed the cut by six strokes.[5]

Professional career Koepka with Justin Rose at the 2018 U.S. Open

In the summer of 2012, Koepka turned professional and began playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe. He won his first title in September at the Challenge de Catalunya.[6]

In 2013, he had his second victory on the Challenge Tour, winning the 2013 Montecchia Golf Open.[7] He followed this a month later with his third win, the Fred Olsen Challenge de España, where he set the tournament record, 260 (−24), and won by a record 10 strokes.[8]

Three weeks later, he had his third win of the year at the Scottish Hydro Challenge. With those three wins, he earned his European Tour card for the remainder of the 2013 season and for the full 2014 season.[9] The day after his third Challenge Tour win of 2013, Koepka qualified for the 2013 Open Championship. Koepka made his debut as a member of the European Tour (he played in three events prior to promotion to membership) at the Scottish Open, finishing T12.[10]

On the 2014 PGA Tour, Koepka played a few events on sponsor's exemptions and through open qualifying.[11] In his first event of the year, Koepka led after the second and third rounds of the Frys.com Open. He finished tied for third. At the U.S. Open, he collected a fourth-place finish, which earned him his first PGA Tour card, for the 2014–15 season, and his first Masters invitation. He was 15th at the PGA Championship, and was nominated for the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.[12]

On the 2014 European Tour, Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open and finished third at the Dubai Desert Classic and Omega European Masters, and ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He ranked 8th in the 2014 Race to Dubai rankings and was named the European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.[13]

On February 1, 2015, Koepka won his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open[14] and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[15]

At the 2015 Open Championship, Koepka improved every day and a final round 68 vaulted him into a tie for 10th at the Old Course at St Andrews. The next week, Koepka was tied for fourth after 54 holes at the RBC Canadian Open but a final round 74 pushed him down to a tie for 18th at the Glen Abbey Golf Course. He then tied for 6th at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tied for 5th at the 2015 PGA Championship. In 2015, he chose to give up his European Tour membership.[16]

In 2017, Koepka won his first major championship by claiming the U.S. Open title at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.[3] His win tied him for the record of the lowest U.S. Open score at 16 under (tied with Rory McIlroy's 2011 record).[17]

Brooks Koepka and the U.S. Open Trophy at the post tournament press conference at the 2018 USGA U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, NY.

Koepka had to undergo wrist surgery after the 2017 season and had hoped that his recuperation would be complete in time for the 2018 Masters Tournament but he had to withdraw, saying that he was only 80% fit.[18] He recovered to successfully defend his U.S. Open title at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win consecutive U.S. Open titles, which has occurred only seven times.[19] He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.[20]

At the 2018 Ryder Cup, an errant tee shot by Koepka struck a female spectator and caused her right eye to explode resulting in permanent blindness.[21][22] Also at the Ryder Cup, it was rumored that Koepka and teammate Dustin Johnson got into a feud over some personal issues but Koepka denied these claims saying "This Dustin thing I don't get, There is no fight, no argument, he's one of my best friends. I love the kid to death and we talked on the phone Monday and yesterday and he told me how he thought. People like to make a story and run with it. It's not the first time there's been a news story that isn't true that has gone out."[23]

On October 21, 2018, Koepka won the CJ Cup, and the win moved him to number one in the Official World Golf Ranking.[24]

Personal life

Koepka's younger brother, Chase, is also a professional golfer.[25]

Koepka's father, Bob Koepka, grew up in Bridgeport, West Virginia and was the strikeout leader for West Virginia Wesleyan's baseball team during the 1981 season.

Koepka has been superstitious throughout his career, giving credit to his professional golfing success to his "nubbin", a controversial blemish on the back of his neck. Some claim that the "nubbin" is a mole while others argue that it is a zit.[25]

Amateur wins (4) Professional wins (12) PGA Tour wins (5) Legend Major championships (3) Other PGA Tour (2) No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory Runner(s)-up 1 Feb 1, 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open 71-68-64-66=269 −15 1 stroke Hideki Matsuyama, Ryan Palmer,
Bubba Watson 2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open 67-70-68-67=272 −16 4 strokes Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama 3 Jun 17, 2018 U.S. Open (2) 75-66-72-68=281 +1 1 stroke Tommy Fleetwood 4 Aug 12, 2018 PGA Championship 69-63-66-66=264 −16 2 strokes Tiger Woods 5 Oct 21, 2018 CJ Cup 71-65-67-64=267 −21 4 strokes Gary Woodland

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result 1 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Sergio García Lost to par on first extra hole European Tour wins (4) Legend Major championships (3) Race to Dubai finals series (1) Other European Tour (0) No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory Runner(s)-up 1 Nov 16, 2014 Turkish Airlines Open −17 (69-67-70-65=271) 1 stroke Ian Poulter 2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama 3 Jun 17, 2018 U.S. Open (2) +1 (75-66-72-68=281) 1 stroke Tommy Fleetwood 4 Aug 12, 2018 PGA Championship −16 (69-63-66-66=264) 2 strokes Tiger Woods Japan Golf Tour wins (2) No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory Runner(s)-up 1 Nov 20, 2016 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −21 (65-70-63-65=263) 1 stroke Yuta Ikeda 2 Nov 19, 2017 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (2) −20 (65-68-64-67=264) 9 strokes Lee Sang-hee,
Prayad Marksaeng,
Xander Schauffele Challenge Tour wins (4) No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory Runner(s)-up 1 Sep 30, 2012 Challenge de Catalunya −16 (68-67-65=200) 3 strokes Alessandro Tadini 2 May 5, 2013 Montecchia Golf Open −23 (66-67-62-66=261) 7 strokes Agustin Domingo 3 Jun 2, 2013 Fred Olsen Challenge de España −24 (64-66-64-66=260) 10 strokes Luis Claverie, Édouard Dubois,
Bernd Ritthammer 4 Jun 23, 2013 Scottish Hydro Challenge −18 (70-66-62-68=266) 3 strokes An Byeong-hun, Andrea Pavan,
Steven Tiley, Sam Walker Major championships Wins (3) Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up 2017 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama 2018 U.S. Open (2) Tied for lead +1 (75-66-72-68=281) 1 stroke Tommy Fleetwood 2018 PGA Championship 2 shot lead −16 (69-63-66-66=264) 2 strokes Tiger Woods Results timeline Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Masters Tournament T33 T21 T11 U.S. Open CUT T4 T18 T13 1 1 The Open Championship CUT T67 T10 T6 T39 PGA Championship T70 T15 T5 T4 T13 1 Tournament 2019 Masters Tournament T2 PGA Championship U.S. Open The Open Championship   Win   Top 10   Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 3 4 4 PGA Championship 1 0 0 3 3 5 6 6 U.S. Open 2 0 0 3 3 5 6 5 The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4 Totals 3 1 0 7 9 15 21 19 Results in World Golf Championships Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Mexico Championship T17 T23 T48 T27 Match Play T17 QF R16 T56 FedEx St. Jude Invitational T6 WD T17 5 HSBC Champions T40 T2 T16   Top 10   Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = Withdrew
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

See also References
  1. ^ "2018 CJ Cup: Brooks Koepka takes top ranking from Dustin Johnson with win in South Korea". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 21, 2018..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ "Brooks Koepka's Sunday in 2 Minutes". USGA. June 18, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Sean (June 18, 2017). "Late surge lifts Koepka to major triumph". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Brooks Koepka". Seminoles.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "U.S. Open Golf Championship (June 14 - 17, 2012): Leaderboard". ESPN. June 17, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "American Koepka claims maiden Challenge Tour victory". PGA European Tour. September 30, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Koepka proves his star potential with swashbuckling Montecchia Golf Open win". Daily Mail. May 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Record-breaker Brooks enters history books". PGA European Tour. June 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "With This Win – Brooks Koepka". PGA European Tour. June 23, 2013.
  10. ^ "Brooks Koepka – Results – 2013". PGA European Tour.
  11. ^ "Inside the Field 2014". PGA Tour.
  12. ^ "McIlroy voted 2013-14 PGA Tour Player of the Year; Hadley named top rookie". PGA Tour. October 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Koepka named 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year". PGA European Tour. November 25, 2014.
  14. ^ "Koepka earns 1st PGA Tour win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 1, 2015.
  15. ^ "Week 5: Koepka Breaks Into The Top 20". Official World Golf Ranking. February 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "Notes: Koepka gives up European Tour membership". PGA Tour. Associated Press. October 29, 2015.
  17. ^ "Koepka captures first major, ties U.S. Open record". PGA Tour. Associated Press. June 18, 2017.
  18. ^ Ballengee, Ryan. "Brooks Koepka to miss the 2018 Masters recovering from wrist injury". Golf News Net. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Murray, Ewan (June 18, 2018). "Brooks Koepka makes history in holding off Fleetwood to retain US Open title". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Murray, Ewan (August 13, 2018). "Brooks Koepka's nerveless display denies Tiger Woods fairytale victory". The Guardian. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Zauzmer, Emily (October 2, 2018). "Golf Fan Loses Sight After Ball Hits Her at Ryder Cup: It Was an 'Explosion of the Eyeball'". People.
  22. ^ "Euro Tour to help fan who has lost vision from ball strike". MSN. Associated Press. October 2, 2018.
  23. ^ "Brooks Koepka denies fight with Dustin Johnson, calls injury to spectator 'one of my worst days'". ESPN. October 3, 2018.
  24. ^ "Brooks Koepka has golf's top ranking with win in South Korea". Associated Press. October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  25. ^ a b Huggan, John (June 28, 2017). "Chase Koepka hopes Challenge Tour experience can pay off the same way it did for big brother Brooks". Golf Digest. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
External links U.S. Open champions PGA Championship championsMatch play
era Stroke play
era † indicates the event was won in a playoff; ‡ indicates the event was won wire-to-wire World Number One golfers since 1986

Player in italics denotes current number one

Official World Golf Ranking PGA and PGA Tour Players of the Year
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Sir Henry Cotton Rookies of the Year Brooks Koepka in the Ryder Cup United States Ryder Cup team – 2016 Won: 17 – 11 United States Ryder Cup team – 2018 Lost: 10½ – 17½ United States Presidents Cup team – 2017 Won: 19 – 11


 
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