Brooks Koepka

Last updated on 16 August 2017

Brooks Koepka (born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Ranked inside the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he 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.

He played collegiate golf at Florida State University.

Koepka claimed his first major championship by winning the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.[1][2]

Early years and amateur career

The name "Koepka" is of Polish or German origin, the family were Koepke (pronounced “kepkay”) before coming Koepka (pronounced “kepkah”).[3] Koepka was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and raised in Lake Worth, Florida. He 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.[4] 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 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 for [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.

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[9] and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[10]

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 tie 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 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, Koepka chose to give up his European Tour membership.[11]

In 2017, Koepka won his first major championship by claiming the U.S. Open title at Erin Hills.[2] Koepka's win tied him for the record of the lowest U.S. Open score at 16 under (tied with Rory McIlroy's 2011 record).[12]

Personal life

Koepka's younger brother, Chase, is also a professional golfer.[3]

Koepka was recently in a relationship with professional soccer player Becky Edwards, but they broke up when Edwards returned to Sweden in 2017 to play professional soccer.[13] At the 2017 U.S. Open it was announced that Koepka is dating actress Jena Sims.[14]

Amateur wins (1)

  • 2009 Rice Planters Amateur

Professional wins (8)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (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
2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes United States Brian Harman,
Japan Hideki Matsuyama

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 (2)

Legend
Major championships (1)
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

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

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Nov 20, 2016 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −21 (65-70-63-65=263) 1 stroke Japan Yuta Ikeda

Major championships

Wins (1)

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

Results timeline

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament T33 T21 T11
U.S. Open CUT T4 T18 T13 1
The Open Championship CUT T67 T10 T6
PGA Championship T70 T15 T5 T4 T13

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 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
U.S. Open 1 0 0 2 2 4 5 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 2 2 4 5 5
Totals 1 0 0 4 6 11 17 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (2013 PGA – 2017 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship T17 T23 T48
Match Play T17 QF R16
Bridgestone Invitational T6 WD T17
HSBC Champions DNP T40

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

U.S. national team appearances

Professional

See also

References

  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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Florida State Seminoles profile". Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  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. ^ "Koepka earns 1st PGA Tour win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Week 5: Koepka Breaks Into The Top 20". Official World Golf Ranking. February 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Notes: Koepka gives up European Tour membership". PGA Tour. Associated Press. October 29, 2015.
  12. ^ "Koepka captures first major, ties U.S. Open record". PGA Tour. Associated Press. June 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Diaz, Jamie (December 22, 2015). "The Buzz on Brooks Koepka". Golf Digest.
  14. ^ "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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