Brooks Koepka

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Brooks Koepka
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1990-05-03) May 3, 1990 (age 32)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Florida State University
Turned professional 2012
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Challenge Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 1
Challenge Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T21: 2016
U.S. Open T4: 2014
The Open Championship T10: 2015
PGA Championship T5: 2015
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2014

Brooks Koepka (born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer.

He is ranked inside the top-30 in the Official World Golf Ranking and chose a different route than other young Americans to get mainstay status on the PGA Tour, by starting his career on the European Challenge Tour and eventually the European Tour.

Early years and amateur career

Koepka was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and attended Cardinal Newman High School. He played college golf at Florida State University where he won three events and was a three-time All-American.[1] He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open while still an amateur, but missed the cut.

Professional career

In the summer of 2012, Koepka turned professional and began playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe. He won his first event in September at the Challenge de Catalunya.[2] In 2013 he had his second victory on the Challenge Tour, winning the 2013 Montecchia Golf Open for [3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

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. Later he ended 15th at the PGA Championship. He was nominated for the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award. 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.

On February 1, 2015, Koepka won his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open[6] and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[7]

In the summer of 2015, Koepka was pretty consistent and found himself in contention on multiple occasions. At the 2015 Open Championship, Koepka improved every day and a final round 68 vaulted him into a tied for 10th at the Old Course at St Andrews. The very next week, Koepka was tied for fourth after 54 holes at the RBC Canadian Open but a final round 74 plummeted him down to a tied for 18th at the Glen Abbey Golf Course. He then went on to finish tied for 6th at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tied for 5th at the 2015 PGA Championship.

In 2015, Koepka chose to forfeit his European Tour membership, citing an inability to travel between the U.S. and Europe.

Koepka's brother Chase is also a professional golfer. In 2016, Chase earned status on the Mackenzie Tour after finishing within the Top 40 of the Tour's qualifying school.

Amateur wins (1)

  • 2009 Rice Planters Amateur

Professional wins (6)

PGA Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Feb 1, 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open −15 (71-68-64-66=269) 1 stroke Japan Hideki Matsuyama, United States Ryan Palmer
United States Bubba Watson

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 (1)

Legend
Race to Dubai finals series (1)
Other European Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Nov 16, 2014 Turkish Airlines Open −17 (69-67-70-65=271) 1 stroke England Ian Poulter

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 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

Results in major championships

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T33 T21
U.S. Open CUT DNP T4 T18
The Open Championship DNP CUT T67 T10
PGA Championship DNP T70 T15 T5

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 3
Totals 0 0 0 2 3 6 11 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2013 PGA – 2016 Masters, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2015 Open – 2015 PGA)

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2015 2016
Cadillac Championship T17 T23
Dell Match Play T17 QF
Bridgestone Invitational T6
HSBC Champions DNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10.

See also

References

  1. "Florida State Seminoles profile". Retrieved October 4, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "American Koepka claims maiden Challenge Tour victory". PGA European Tour. September 30, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Koepka proves his star potential with swashbuckling Montecchia Golf Open win". Daily Mail. May 5, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Record-breaker Brooks enters history books". PGA European Tour. June 2, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "With This Win – Brooks Koepka". PGA European Tour. June 23, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Koepka earns 1st PGA Tour win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 1, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Week 5: Koepka Breaks Into The Top 20". Official World Golf Ranking. February 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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