Koepka claims the 100th PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka claimed his second Major Championship this season as he won the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, in his 100th start on the PGA Tour.

Koepka carded a closing round of 66 to finish two shots ahead of Tiger Woods and write himself into the history books with Ben Hogan, Gene Saracen, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season. 

Setting a new tournament record of 16 under par with a total of 264, Koepka found it hard to believe how far he had come after missing a portion of the start of his season due to a serious wrist injury. 

“When I look at what I’ve done in the past two months, it’s incredible. Sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.” said Brooks. 

After rounds of 69, 63 and 66 earlier in the week, Koepka entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott. 

Brooks birdied the first hole of his final round and although he bogeyed the 4th and 5th, he remained cool, calm and collected and went on to make three birdies in a row at the 7th, 8th and 9th.

After superb par saves at 10 and 11, Koepka missed birdie chances on the next two greens and suddenly found himself tied for the lead with Adam Scott.

Birdies at 15 and 16 for Brooks were crucial and made the walk down his final hole that little bit more enjoyable with a 2 shot lead.

A 324-yard drive down the middle of the 18th fairway left Koepka with 122 yards to the pin which he hit to 17ft. A two-putt par here sealed victory for the 28-year-old and his third Major Championship.

With this win, Brooks jumps up to a career-best 2nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and 3rd in the FedEx Cup Standings.

“Three Majors at 28. It’s a cool feeling. It really is.” said Koepka.

We think so too Brooks! Congratulations on your third Major Championship and another fantastic display both on and off the golf course.

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Back-to-back US Open Championships for Brooks

Brooks Koepka became the first U.S. Open champion in 29 years to successfully defend his title, when he clinched a one-stroke victory on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

Shooting a Sunday 68, to finish on one over-par and become the first player to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Stange in 1988 and 1989, it was a special day for Brooks.

Paired with his great friend and fellow Hambric Sports player, Dustin Johnson, it was always going to be an enjoyable and competitive final round for both.

Heading into the final round, both Koepka and Johnson shared the lead on three over-par, along with Daniel Berger and Tony Finau.

None of the above were able to put pressure on Brooks throughout his final round though, that pressure came from Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who shot a closing round 63 to sit in the clubhouse on two over-par.

When Fleetwood finished, Koepka was on his eighth hole and just one shot ahead. He played his final ten holes in level par and had some fantastic par saves throughout.

On the par 3 eleventh, Brooks pulled it to the left into the thick grass. He hit his second which raced over the back of the green and into the bunker. Blasting this out to eight feet, he calmly made the putt for bogey and minimised the damage.

“I think that was like making a birdie, maybe even making an eagle,” Koepka said. “Because it could have been a big momentum shift. To make bogey there was pretty incredible and I think kind of the reason why we won.”

On the following hole, the par 4 twelfth, having gone over the back of the green and into the hay, Brooks hit a superb pitch shot to seven feet and made the par putt.

A birdie on the par 5 sixteenth came from a beautiful wedge shot to 3 feet, which gave him a two-shot lead with two holes to play and a little bit of breathing room.

On his final hole, Brooks tugged his approach shot slightly left and hit a fantastic pitch shot to twelve feet, allowing him to two-putt for bogey and claim his second major championship.

“I probably couldn’t have dreamed of it in my wildest dreams,” he said. “It’s really incredible, I couldn’t be happier.”

Missing the first three months of the 2018 season due to a partially-torn tendon in his left wrist, Brooks made up for lost time, making four cuts in five starts, including a runner-up finish at the Fort Worth Invitational.

With this win, Brooks will jump up to fourth in the World Rankings and thirteenth in the FedEx Cup Standings.

Well done Brooks on a tremendous display of golf and resilience, in what was a tough start to your 2018 season. You are a true champion and we couldn’t be happier that you are now a two-time major winner!

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Dustin Johnson finished his week at Shinnecock Hills in solo third position on three over-par, after shooting rounds of 69, 67, 77 and 70. Well done on another fantastic week Dustin and no doubt another major victory is just around the corner for you.

 

 

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!!

Check out the link below courtesy of the European Tour

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