Brooks Koepka

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Brooks Koepka
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Koepka in a 2016 Nike promotional video
Personal information
Born (1990-05-03) May 3, 1990 (age 28)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Jupiter, Florida
Career
College Florida State University
Turned professional 2012
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Challenge Tour
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
European Tour 4
Japan Golf Tour 2
Challenge Tour 4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 3)
Masters Tournament T11: 2017
U.S. Open Won: 2017, 2018
The Open Championship T6: 2017
PGA Championship Won: 2018
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2014

Brooks Koepka (born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. Ranked as high as second in the Official World Golf Ranking, 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.[1][2] 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 was the first instance of that double since Tiger Woods in 2000.

Early years and amateur career[edit]

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.[3] He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur, but missed the cut by six strokes.[4]

Professional career[edit]

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.[5]

In 2013, he had his second victory on the Challenge Tour, winning the 2013 Montecchia Golf Open.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

In his first event of the 2014 PGA Tour, 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 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.[10]

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.[11]

On February 1, 2015, Koepka won his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open[12] and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[13]

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.[14]

In 2017, Koepka won his first major championship by claiming the U.S. Open title at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.[2] His win tied him for the record of the lowest U.S. Open score at 16 under (tied with Rory McIlroy's 2011 record).[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Koepka's younger brother, Chase, is also a professional golfer.[19]

Koepka was in a relationship with professional soccer player Becky Edwards, but they broke up when Edwards returned to Sweden in 2017 to play professional soccer.[20] At the 2017 U.S. Open it was announced that Koepka is dating actress Jena Sims.[21]

Amateur wins (4)[edit]

  • 2009 Rice Planters Amateur
  • 2011 Brickyard Collegiate
  • 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate, Florida Atlantic Intercollegiate

Professional wins (11)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (3)
Other PGA Tour events (1)
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 Japan Hideki Matsuyama, United States Ryan Palmer,
United States Bubba Watson
2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open 67-70-68-67=272 −16 4 strokes United States Brian Harman, Japan Hideki Matsuyama
3 Jun 17, 2018 U.S. Open (2) 75-66-72-68=281 +1 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
4 Aug 12, 2018 PGA Championship 69-63-66-66=264 −16 2 strokes United States Tiger Woods

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson Spain Sergio García Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

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 England Ian Poulter
2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes United States Brian Harman, Japan Hideki Matsuyama
3 Jun 17, 2018 U.S. Open (2) +1 (75-66-72-68=281) 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
4 Aug 12, 2018 PGA Championship −16 (69-63-66-66=264) 2 strokes United States Tiger Woods

Challenge Tour wins (4)[edit]

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 Italy Alessandro Tadini
2 May 5, 2013 Montecchia Golf Open −23 (66-67-62-66=261) 7 strokes Spain Agustin Domingo
3 Jun 2, 2013 Fred Olsen Challenge de España −24 (64-66-64-66=260) 10 strokes Spain Luis Claverie, France Édouard Dubois,
Germany Bernd Ritthammer
4 Jun 23, 2013 Scottish Hydro Challenge −18 (70-66-62-68=266) 3 strokes South Korea An Byeong-hun, Italy Andrea Pavan,
England Steven Tiley, England Sam Walker

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

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 Japan Yuta Ikeda
2 Nov 19, 2017 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (2) −20 (65-68-64-67=264) 9 strokes South Korea Lee Sang-hee
Thailand Prayad Marksaeng
United States Xander Schauffele

Major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

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 United States Brian Harman, Japan Hideki Matsuyama
2018 U.S. Open (2) Tied for lead +1 (75-66-72-68=281) 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
2018 PGA Championship 2 shot lead −16 (69-63-66-66=264) 2 strokes United States Tiger Woods

Results timeline[edit]

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
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
U.S. Open 2 0 0 3 3 5 6 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4
PGA Championship 1 0 0 3 3 5 6 6
Totals 3 0 0 6 8 14 20 18
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 18 (2013 PGA – 2018 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018
Mexico Championship T17 T23 T48
Match Play T17 QF R16
Bridgestone Invitational T6 WD T17 5
HSBC Champions T40 T2
  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[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brooks Koepka's Sunday in 2 Minutes". USGA. 
  2. ^ a b Martin, Sean (June 18, 2017). "Late surge lifts Koepka to major triumph". PGA Tour. 
  3. ^ "Florida State Seminoles profile". Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Open". ESPN. (leaderboard). June 17, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "American Koepka claims maiden Challenge Tour victory". PGA European Tour. September 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Koepka proves his star potential with swashbuckling Montecchia Golf Open win". Daily Mail. May 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Record-breaker Brooks enters history books". PGA European Tour. June 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "With This Win – Brooks Koepka". PGA European Tour. June 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Brooks Koepka – Results – 2013". PGA European Tour. 
  10. ^ "McIlroy voted 2013-14 PGA Tour Player of the Year; Hadley named top rookie". PGA Tour. October 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Koepka named 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year". PGA European Tour. November 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Koepka earns 1st PGA Tour win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Week 5: Koepka Breaks Into The Top 20". Official World Golf Ranking. February 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Notes: Koepka gives up European Tour membership". PGA Tour. Associated Press. October 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Koepka captures first major, ties U.S. Open record". PGA Tour. Associated Press. June 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ Ballengee, Ryan. "Brooks Koepka to miss the 2018 Masters recovering from wrist injury". Golf News Net. Retrieved July 28, 2018. 
  17. ^ Murray, Ewan (June 18, 2018). "Brooks Koepka makes history in holding off Fleetwood to retain US Open title". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  18. ^ Murray, Ewan (August 13, 2018). "Brooks Koepka's nerveless display denies Tiger Woods fairytale victory". The Guardian. Retrieved August 15, 2018. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Diaz, Jamie (December 22, 2015). "The Buzz on Brooks Koepka". Golf Digest. 
  21. ^ "U.S. Open Champ Brooks Koepka: My GF'S a Beauty Queen". tmz.com. June 19, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 

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