Koepka wins back to back PGA Championships

Brooks Koepka held off a late charge from Dustin Johnson to capture his fourth major title in just two years, after winning wire-to-wire at the PGA Championship at Bethpage. 

Heading into Sunday, Brooks had a record seven-stroke lead which was reduced to just one shot throughout the final round. 

Koepka shot a final round of 74 (four over par) at a windy Bethpage Black to finish the tournament on eight under par, defeating Johnson by just two strokes.

As Koepka bogeyed the par-3 14th and Johnson had birdied the 15th, Johnson came within one shot of the lead.

Despite finding a horrible lie on the lip of a fairway bunker on the 18th, Koepka salavaged a miraculous par and took home victory by one single shot.

“I’m just glad we didn’t have to play any more holes, That was a stressful round of golf,” Koepka said on the 18th green.

“I’m still in shock. I don’t know if I dreamed of this, but this is so cool.”

Brooks now moves to Number One in the Official World Golf Rankings and becomes the first player to hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time, winning two straight U.S. Open and two consecutive PGA Championships.

Well done also to Dustin Johnson on his solo second place finish on -6, having shot a final round of 69 (-1). Fantastic playing Dustin.

All of us at Hambric Sports are so proud of you both!

Johnson and Koepka finish tied 2nd at Augusta

Having been tied at the top after the second round of The Masters, Brooks Koepka started the final round three shots behind the leader, Francesco Molinari.

Brooks caught up with the leaders on the back nine having mounted a charge, before Tiger Woods surpassed them all.

Having hit his tee-shot into Rae’s Creek on the par-3 12th, Koepka made one of the most impressive bounce-backs you’ll ever see with an eagle on the par-5 13th.

“Obviously was a little annoyed that I had just made double on 12 and kind of knew that I had to make something happen if I ever wanted to challenge Tiger or whoever was in the lead at that point”, he said. “So took an aggressive line off the tee, hit it down there, hit an 8‑iron in to about 20 feet and was able to sneak that in, which I thought was extremely big at the time.”

Koepka had a chance to put some pressure on Woods if he could birdie the final hole, but his putt from 11 feet rolled past the left edge of the hole and he finished his day having shot a 2-under par 70. This was his best Masters performance to date.

“That was probably the coolest back nine in a major championship I’ve ever been a part of, or just in golf in general,” said Koepka, who had never finished in the top 10 at the Masters.

Dustin Johnson quietly went about his business on Sunday and snuck up to finish tied 2nd also.

Starting the final round five shots off the lead and in a tie for seventh spot, DJ made three straight birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th which catapulted him into a tie for the lead on 12-under par.

A par on the last saw him shoot a 4 under par 68 and finish just one shot behind Tiger Woods on -13.

It’s his fourth consecutive top-10 finish at Augusta National, but his best to date.

Well done to both Brooks and Dustin on a fantastic tournament at Augusta National!

Koepka claims CJ Cup title and World Number One spot

Three-time major winner, Brooks Koepka, closed out victory at The CJ Cup on Sunday by four shots, to become the new World Number One for the first time. 

Koepka, who is also the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year, shot a final round of 8 under, 64, to sign for a total of 21 under par. 

“Everything I’ve done this year it’s been working. So I don’t want to change anything,” Koepka said. “Just keep improving. “I’m so excited right now, you have no idea. I can’t wait to go play again.”

Brooks began the day with a three-shot lead, but by the time he had reached the turn one under for his round with three birdies and two bogeys, he had been joined at the top by Gary Woodland who had made a charge up the leaderboard. 

The biggest moment of the day came on the 16th hole, when Brooks went from a fairway bunker to just left of the green, about 70 feet away. Koepka hit a chip-and-run that was stopped by the pin and dropped for birdie.

“It’s absolutely amazing. It’s a dream come true,” Koepka said after closing out the tournament and becoming World Number One. “I don’t think I ever thought in my wildest dreams I’d be the best golfer in the world. I can’t even put it into words.”

Victory at the CJ Cup was Koepka’s fifth PGA Tour title. Having now claimed victories in seven countries – USA, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Japan, Turkey and Scotland, Koepka truly is a global player. 

Well done Brooks on your victory in South Korea and also claiming the World Number One position for the first time in your career. We are all so thrilled for you and know that there is so much more to come. 

Koepka voted as the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year

The 2018 US Open and PGA Championship winner, Brooks Koepka, was announced on Tuesday as the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

The 28-year-old was voted by his peers as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy winner after a memorable year on the golf course.

Having missed the early part of the season due to a left wrist injury, Koepka not only managed to win the US Open Championship and the PGA Championship, but had second-place finishes at the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament and Fort Worth Invitational, as well as four other top-10 finishes throughout the season.

Koepka joined the history books of the elite as just the fifth American with three major wins before the age of 29 and just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season.

“Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the PGA Tour, and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships.” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said on Tuesday. “These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season.”

Last month, Brooks received the PGA of America Player of the Year, which is awarded on a points-based system.

Well done Brooks on being recognised at the PGA Tour Player of the Year, following on from a phenomenal 2018 season. You battled so hard to get through a tough start to the year and nobody deserves this award more. 

Olesen helps Europe win back the Ryder Cup

It was Francesco Molinari who secured the winning point, as Europe regained the Ryder Cup on a thrilling final day at Le Golf National last weekend.

Heading into the Sunday singles leading by 10 points to 6, the United States won three of the top five singles match to close the gap to just one point, 

Out in match number 7, rookie Thorbjørn Olesen took down Jordan Spieth (5&4) to claim a much-needed point for the European side. 

Having raced into a lead of five after a brilliant birdie on the 9th, he birdied again on the 16th hole to complete one of the most one-sided singles matches of the day. 

“I really wanted to play today, having not been there (on Saturday),” he said. “It’s unbelievable to do it like this. The crowds went mental.”

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka were in action for the USA team, with Brooks recording 1 and a half points for the week and Dustin with one point. 

Congratulations to Thorbjørn and Team Europe on their victory and Dustin and Brooks and Team USA on their performance throughout the week. All three of you continue to do us proud both on and off the golf course!

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!