Long-hitting American Brooks Koepka staved off a sizzling final-round charge by Yuta Ikeda to secure a one-stroke victory at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Miyazaki, Japan on Sunday.
Koepka shot rounds of 65-70-63-65 to win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament for his seventh worldwide victory, etching his name on the trophy next to the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Padraig Harrington.
Brooks held off a hard-charging Yuta Ikeda to win the 84-man Dunlop Phoenix for his first victory since capturing the Waste Management Phoenix Open last February.
But Koepka responded to the challenge and fired his tee shot on the par three 17th to three feet to regain the lead with a birdie. Another birdie on the final hole of the tournament, saw him shoot a 6-under 65 that left him at 21 under, one shot clear of Ikeda despite a closing 61.
“To watch (Ikeda) fire 10 under was very impressive, I just hung in there, and it was nice to finish with two birdies coming in.” Koepka said.
Koepka joined elite company in Japan on Sunday. He has now won professional events in Spain, Italy, United States of America, Scotland and Turkey and can now add Japan to his list of global conquests. It also comes two weeks after he finished solo second at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
Brooks, who started the week ranked No. 21 in the world, is now expected to move up to No. 17.
Congratulations Brooks on yet another win – we are all very proud of you!