Koepka dominates field at Dunlop Phoenix to successfully defend his title

Brooks Koepka successfully defended his title at the Dunlop Phoenix, one of the premier events on the Japan Golf Tour, with a tournament record 9-shot victory over a deep international field featuring World #5 Hideki Matsuyama and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and winner of the Tour Championship, Xander Schauffele.

Koepka’s resounding victory was punctuated by an eagle on the par-5 18th hole at the Phoenix Country Club, as he posted a four-round total of 20-under par (65-68-64-67). Brooks joins Tiger Woods and Luke Donald as the only repeat winners of the event since the turn of the century and his 264 stroke total was second only to his own tournament record of 263 (21 under par) set in 2016.

With the victory, Koepka will move up 3 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking to #7. Brooks will look to continue his winning ways against a 15 of the world’s other top players at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from November 30th – December 3rd.

Brooks Koepka captures his maiden major title at the US Open

It was a Sunday evening to remember at the 117th US Open Championship as Brooks Koepka broke away from a chasing pack with three straight birdies on the back nine, to close with a 5-under par 67, to win his first major championship.

No one was more solid from start to finish than Brooks. He opened with a pair of tap-in birdies and putted for birdie on every hole but the par 3 13th. Of all his birdies, an 8 foot par putt on the 13th hole might have been as big as any. This gave him the confidence and momentum to slot in birdies on the next three holes.

“I think that was kind of the changing point of the round for me. I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and I just carried that over,” Koepka said.

A par on the final hole tied the US Open record score to par at 16 under for a four-shot victory. He became the seventh straight first-time winner of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans have won their national championship three straight years.

“What I’ve done this week is amazing,” said Koepka.

Brooks’ reaction was low-key, just like that of his close friend and last year’s U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson. They spend quite a lot of time together both on and off the course, so Koepka has seen that U.S. Open trophy plenty.

When asked about what had been going on inside his head for the closing round at Erin Hills, Brooks said that he was “just staying in the present and thinking about one shot at a time’’.

“Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, just stay patient. Just keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to win the thing, and just don’t get ahead of yourself. A bunch of people told me that”, Koepka said.

Sunday capped off quite a journey for the 27-year-old Floridian. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he travelled far and wide to places such as Kazakhstan, Kenya, India and the rest of Europe, competing on the European Challenge Tour.

It was on the Challenge Tour that Brooks claimed his maiden professional victory, at the Challenge de Catalunya in 2012. This was followed up by 3 more wins the next season at the Montecchia Golf Open, Fred Olsen Challenge de España and the Scottish Hydro Challenge. These 3 wins granted Brooks a European Tour card for the 2013/2014 season.

In 2014, Brooks claimed victory at the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour by 1 stroke over Ian Poulter. This victory along with third places finishes at the Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega European Masters saw him finish 8th in the Race to Dubai rankings and be named the European Tour’s Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.

He then went on to win on the PGA Tour, this time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2015. This hoisted Koepka up to 19th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Another win came for Brooks at the 2016 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan, which showed how much of a world class player he is.

Brooks’ worldwide golfing odyssey over the last few years has culminated in this US Open Victory and we could not be any prouder of him!

Brooks Koepka wins the Dunlop Phoenix

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.

He began the day five shots ahead of Ikeda, but the latter reeled off 10 birdies in his first 15 holes to square the proceedings at brooks-mediaPhoenix Country Club.

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!

Koepka and Johnson help Team USA to Ryder Cup victory

Europe’s run of Ryder Cup victories was brought to an end as the United States won the trophy for the first time in eight years at Hazeltine National last night.

The win was sealed when Ryan Moore defeated Lee Westwood one up on the last, the pick handing redemption to United States captain Davis Love III following the Miracle at Medinah in 2012 when Europe had fought back from 10-6 behind to win on the final day.

Hambric boys Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka then sealed further wins for the USA, with DJ beating Chris Wood by the narrowest of margins, 1up and Brooks brushing aside the challenge of current Masters Champion, Danny Willett, defeating him 5&4 in the Sunday singles.

As well as his Sunday Singles victory, Koepka had a marvellous maiden Ryder Cup as he got a red point on the board in the Friday Afternoon four-balls with partner Brandt Snedeker, beating Europe’s Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett 5&4.

In the next session, the Saturday Morning foursomes, the same duo overcame the challenge of Henrik Stenson and European rookie Matt Fitzpatrick by 3&2. A tough draw for Hambric pair Brooks & DJ saw them go down to the formidable partnership of Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters, 3&1.

When asked about how he felt his played all week, Brooks said ‘It’s been an unbelievable experience. I mean, to come in here as a rookie, to go in the team room, it’s been unreal. I didn’t know what to expect, but it really has been unbelievable. Everything that’s gone on between the team room, to getting to know these guys that much better, it’s surpassed everything I ever thought it would, and it’s been fun. You know, to team up with DJ, team up with Brandt, it’s been incredible and it’s been an awesome week.’.

US Open Champion Dustin Johnson played 4 out of the 5 sessions, sealing 2 points for Team USA. In the Friday Morning Foursomes, DJ and the experienced Matt Kuchar defeated Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters 5&4, to get off to winning ways.

Friday Afternoon four-ball session saw DJ and Kuchar go down fighting to McIlroy and Pieters 3&2. In the next session, Saturday Afternoon four-balls, Brooks and DJ once again went down to Europe’s McIlroy and Pieters.

In the crucial Sunday singles, Dustin saw off the challenge from Chris Wood in an exciting encounter which saw DJ win 1up to seal his final point for Team USA.

Congratulations to Dustin, Brooks and the rest of Team USA on their historic win over Europe and reclaiming the trophy after 8 years on European soil!

Johnson and Koepka qualify automatically for the 2016 Ryder Cup

Congratuatlions to Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka on automatically qualifying for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Johnson qualified 1st after his maiden major at the US Open, followed quickly by his win at the WGC Bridgestone, while Brooks qualified in 6th spot after a  T4 finish in the PGA Championship and one week later, a T9 in the Travelers Championship.

U.S Ryder Cup team captain, Davis Love III said, “We’re thrilled to have Ryder Cup rookie Brooks Koepka on this team, I can’t wait to watch him experience his first Ryder Cup.”

Joining Dustin and Brooks on the team will be Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson. who are the other 6 players that automatically qualified for the 2016 team when points closed on Sunday at the conclusion of the Barclays – the opening event in the PGA Tour’s Playoffs. They will be joined by four other captains picks on September 11th and 25th.

We wish Dustin, Brooks and the rest of the US Ryder Cup team the very best of luck in their quest to win back the Ryder Cup.

Dustin Johnson Bio

A two-time Ryder Cup participant (2010, 2012), Johnson is hoping three times is a charm – as in his third Ryder Cup appearance yields his first time on the winning side. The long-hitting Johnson has a 4-3 record in seven Ryder Cup matches and is a perfect 2-0 in singles play. There’s no denying that Johnson steps it up for the big events, evidenced by his first major championship victory earlier this summer at Oakmont in the U.S. Open, followed by a win in his next start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He also boasts two other World Golf Championships victories, as well as two wins in FedExCup Playoffs tournaments and 13 total top-10 finishes in majors dating back to 2009.

Brooks Koepka Bio

The Ryder Cup rookie muscled his way onto the team with a stretch of gutsy performances this summer. The big hitter nearly withdrew from the PGA Championship at Baltusrol with an injury but played on with a heavily-taped ankle and finished T4. He followed that up with a T9 the next week at the Travelers Championship. Prior to the season’s final major, Koepka finished in the top 10 four times in six starts after the Players Championship. His worst finish in that stretch was a T13 at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old will be a welcome addition to the team.

Koepka still as sharp as ever

Brooks Koepka was having trouble just walking a month ago, so a double-bogey on the seventh hole during his first round at the Travelers Championship wasn’t the worst thing he’s faced recently.

Still recovering from the torn ligaments in his right ankle, Koepka recovered from a few hiccups on his inward nine to shoot a 3-under 67 at the TPC River Highlands Thursday.

Koepka birdied five of his first 10 holes in Round 1 before facing a few speed bumps on his way to the finish line, including a three-putt 6 at the par-4 seventh.

“I felt like I could have shot about 8- or 9-under. I was cruising for a little while, then reality kicked in and I came back down to Earth,” said Koepka, who was slated to tee off at 1:15 p.m. in today’s second round.

His ankle, despite the ups and downs of the round, held up well, according to Koepka.

Koepka, 26, who took the rather unusual American route of playing on a European mini-tour as a young pro then the European Tour itself before joining the PGA Tour, had sought out former world-No. 1 Rory McIlroy recently for advice with the injury.

“I spoke with Rory a little bit about it. It’s basically the same thing (McIlroy suffered),” Koepka said. “We had to rebuild the strength back in the ankle.”

A strong performance at the PGA Championship last week at Baltusrol in which he finished tied for fourth, has Koepka back in position to play for the U.S. He’s currently fifth in the Ryder Cup standings.

“I’m looking forward to it. I think it would be a cool experience. It was one of my goals starting the year,” Koepka said.

Although he says he still isn’t 100 percent healthy, Koepka was pleased he was able to get through 36 holes at Baltusrol on Sunday, even if needed a few days off afterward.

“Monday and Tuesday off helped. Walking 36 (holes), I was pretty sore,” Koepka said.

A West Palm Beach, Florida native and three-time All-American at Florida State, Koepka is No. 17 in the world golf rankings. He has seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, though his lone Tour victory remains last season’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Koepka continues rise to stardom with maiden victory on PGA Tour

Brooks Koepka continues his meteoric rise up the Official World Ranking by claiming his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open yesterday. Koepka started the day 3 shots adrift of fellow stable-mate Martin Laird and, as the day progressed, momentum started to shift in his favour, none more so than a 51 foot eagle putt on 15 that pushed the Floridian to the top of the board.
His playing partner Hideki Matsuyama had a look at birdie on 18 to force a play-off but when the putt missed to the right Brooks was left with a tap in par to secure the win and seal his first PGA Tour victory.
“It feels amazing,” Koepka said. “The last few weeks I’ve put in a lot of hard work, changing my putting stroke completely and everything seems to be going right. I’m happy to get the win.”
This win is Brooks’ second victory in 4 starts with his last victory at the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour and moves him to 19th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Congratulations Brooks on a fantastic week and well deserved. We are all very proud of you!

Koepka named The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of The Year

The season continues to get better for Brooks Koepka as he has been named The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie Of The Year for 2014.

Brooks season culminated in his first victory on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open. A strong finish at season ending DP World Championship meant Brooks finished in 8th position on the final Race to Dubai standings and is currently ranked 35th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Speaking earlier about receiving the award Brooks said “Winning the Rookie of the Year means so much. I’ve worked so hard this year, and to see the results is fun. To cap the year off with a win in Turkey, has made this year special, and it’s a goal I’ve been working for since I was able to come out on Tour, and that was the goal starting the year.
Looking back where I was two years ago, and then where I am today is special. So to win Turkey and win Rookie of the Year is amazing.”

Congratulations Brooks on a fantastic year. We are already looking forward to 2015!!

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Koepka Agrees Sponsorship Deal With Paylocity

Paylocity Holding Corporation, a cloud-based provider of payroll and human capital management software solutions, today announced a new alliance and sponsorship with two-time ACC Player of the Year and 2014 PGA Tour Professional Brooks Koepka.
Koepka turned professional in July 2012 after a successful career at Florida State University. As a professional, Koepka caught immediate attention with a victory in just his eighth start on the European Challenge Tour. In 2013, he claimed three wins in his first 10 starts and finished the year with starts at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. In addition he tied for third in his PGA Tour debut at the Frys.com Open. This year he will compete on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour.
Koepka, just 24 years old and ranked 100th in the Official World Golf Rankings, is seen by many as a future star on the PGA Tour. Brooks, known for his drive and commitment to excellence, notes the similarities in his
approach and how Paylocity is impacting the Payroll and HR software industry. “My expectations have always been to be one of the top players in the world, and that matches well with Paylocity¹s mission. They are
changing things in their industry just like I want to make a mark on PGA golf” says Koepka.
Michael Haske, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Paylocity, notes, “We knew we wanted to sponsor a PGA professional moving into the 2014 and 2015 season. But it had to be someone who modelled our commitment to innovation, drive and results. At Paylocity we are doing what no one else is ­ taking Payroll and HR professionals from the back room to the boardroom with our cloud software. We believe Brooks is the perfect PGA professional for our organisation. His talent, openness to taking the road less traveled, and enormous potential excite us and fit our mission. We see in him a great future and we welcome him to the Paylocity family.”

Brooks gains Special Temporary Membership on PGA Tour

Having amassed all of his allotted invites on the PGA Tour, Brooks lay just 6.75 FedEx Cup points short of receiving his special temporary membership on the PGA Tour.
After taking some time off to re-charge, Brooks competed at the Monday Qualifier for the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Carding a round of –8 (64) at The La Tour Golf Club, Brooks was co-medalist, resulting in his inclusion in the tournament field for the week ahead. A finish of 64th or better would give him the points required to receive temporary membership.
Brooks was not focusing on the points but more so on success in the tournament itself. Finishing tied 21st (on –9) he secured the finish he was after, and in doing so, received his special temporary membership from the PGA Tour.
This season Brooks has now earned 320 FedEx Cup points and $460,687 through 9 events. He is in great shape to continue the fine form and earn his 2014/2015 PGA Tour card.
Well done Brooks!!