BROOKS KOEPKA

BIOGRAPHY

Height: 6 ft 1″
Date of birth: 3rd May, 1990
Turned pro: 2012
Family: Single
Residence: Jupiter, FL
Manager: Blake Smith

Brooks turned professional in July 2012 after a tremendous career at Florida State University where he was a two-time ACC player of the year.  He found immediate success as a professional on the European Challenge Tour by claiming a victory in just his eighth start at the Challenge de Catalunya. Three victories in 2013 on the European Challenge Tour gave Brooks an automatic promotion to the European Tour.

 

Brooks steadily climbed the world rankings in 2014 highlighted by a T-4 finish at the U. S. Open Championship. He claimed his maiden European Tour victory at the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open, catapulting him to 35th in the world.  In 2015, Brooks won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in just his third start as a PGA Tour member.

 

Brooks made his dream Ryder Cup team debut at Hazeltine as he secured 4 points out of a possible 5 to aid Team USA to their victory. Since then, Brooks went on to represent Team USA in the 2017 President’s Cup and 2018 Ryder Cup. 

 

On November 20th 2016, Brooks shot rounds of 65-70-63-65 to win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament with a score of 21 under in Miyazaki, Japan for his seventh worldwide victory. By winning this tournament, he etched his name on the trophy next to the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Padraig Harrington.  Koepka went on to defend his Dunlop Phoenix title in 2017 with a tournament record 9 shot victory.

At the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills, Brooks won his first Major title. He entered the final day one shot behind overnight leader Brian Harman. The two were engaged in a real battle for the title before Koepka had a stunning late birdie burst, making three birdies in a row from the 14th to the 16th. A par on the final hole tied the U.S. Open Championship record score to par at 16 under.

 

Of the 13 players who made the cut in all four majors contested in 2017, Brooks registered the lowest aggregate score (-21) and was only one of two players within that group to capture a major title.

 

At the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, Brooks became the first U.S. Open champion in 29 years to successfully defend his title. The last man to win back-to-back U.S. Opens was Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. Koepka shot a final round 68, to finish at one over par and secure the victory by one-stroke. 

 

Koepka would only have to wait 2 months to earn his third Major, winning the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in August 2018. He is just the 3rd person to win three majors in one hundred or less starts on the PGA Tour. After his win at Bellerive, Koepka had won 3 of the last 6 majors that he played. 

With his 2 Major victories in 2018 and another win at the CJ Cup in October, Brooks Koepka moved to #1 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time on October 21st, 2018. He was also named 2018’s PGA TOUR Player of the Year. 

At the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, Brooks Koepka led wire-to-wire after shooting a course first round record 63 and leading the field by 7 going into the weekend. Although Brooks had a demanding final round on Sunday in tough conditions, he successfully defended his PGA Championship title with a score of -8. Brooks is the 1st player ever to successfully defend both the PGA Championship and U.S. Open. 

After this latest major victory, Brooks has won 4 of the last 8 majors and has led/co-led the most rounds of any player on tour since 2016. 

DID YOU KNOW?

When Brooks competed in the U.S. Open Championship as an amateur in June 2012, he was ranked 1,459 in the world. Less than a year and a half later, Brooks was ranked within the world’s top 100. In October of 2018, Brooks Koepka became #1 in the world for the first time, just 6 years after turning pro. 

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