Koepka claims CJ Cup title and World Number One spot

Monday, October 22, 2018

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.