Who's who: Brooks Koepka

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Who's who: Brooks Koepka

  • Name:

    Brooks Koepka
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    May 3, 1990 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Cardinal Newman H.S. / Florida State University.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2012
  • Website:

    https://www.brookskoepka.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (5): US Open (2017, '18); US PGA Championship (2018, '19, '23). Ryder Cup Player (2016, '18, '21). Presidents Cup player (2017). Multiple wins on the US PGA, European and Japan Tours. European Tour Rookie of the Year (2014). PGA Tour leading money winner (2019). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer.

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After playing collegiate golf at Florida State University, Koepka launched his professional career in 2012 in Europe. He won four times on the second-tier Challenge Tour, before collecting his first European Tour win in Turkey in November 2014. Just 2 months later he recorded his maiden PGA Tour win at the 2015 Phoenix Open.

As an established U.S. PGA Tour player, Koepka played his way into the 2016 Ryder Cup team, in which he made an impressive 3-1-0 (W-L-H) contribution. In the Sunday singles he recorded a notable 5&4 win against the Masters champion Danny Willett.

Hard on the heels of his tournament successes, Koepka claimed his first major championship win in 2017. Presented with a venue that favoured big-hitters, Koepka took full advantage of the wide fairways at Erin Hills, posting a US Open record equalling score of 16-under par to seal his victory. In 2018 he successfully defended his US Open title, becoming the first man to do so since Curtis Strange 29 years earlier. A third major win also came in 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in the US PGA Championship, and then a fourth with the successful defence of that title in 2019.

In 2022, aged 32, he was enticed onto Greg Norman's "rebel" LIV Golf series, alongside a few other well-known but mainly "ageing" golf stars, and an abundance of lower-ranked "unknowns". He became one of the best known recruits for LIV Golf. (LIV Golf is a Saudi Arabian-bankrolled breakaway rival to the main international tours. It is based on limited-field 54-hole events, with massive prize funds, guaranteed payouts and, for some, eye-watering signing-on bonuses)..

Top tournaments won by Brooks Koepka

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

198 (-15)

Prize money

US$4 million

Title sponsor

LIV Golf

Played as the inaugural LIV Golf Orlando (Mar 31-Apr 2; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event, and accompanying 4-player team event). [Crooked Cat course, Orange County National GC, nr Orlando, FL].
Individual event: second-placed Sebastián Muñoz (Colombia) finished 1 shot behind Brooks Koepka (USA), who pocketed the $4 million first prize.
Team event: second-placed Smash team (Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka, Matthew Wolff & Jason Kokrak) finished 1 shot behind the Torque team (Joaquin Niemann, Sebastian Munoz, Mito Pereira & David Puig), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the third of fourteen 2023 LIV Golf League events run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company.

2023
Majors
271 (-9)
$3,150,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

271 (-9)

Prize money

$3,150,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (105th) (May 18-21). Second-placed Scottie Scheffler (USA) and Viktor Hovland (Nor) finished 2 shots behind LIV Golf player Brooks Koepka (USA), who recorded his third win in this event and fifth major championship overall. [East Course, Oak Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

2023
Europe
Royal Greens
196 (-14)
US$4 million
LIV Golf

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Royal Greens

Score

196 (-14)

Prize money

US$4 million

Title sponsor

LIV Golf

Played as LIV Golf Jeddah (Oct 13-15; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event, and accompanying four-player team event). [Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah EC, Saudi Arabia].
Individual event: defending champion Brooks Koepka (USA) beat Talor Gooch (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-5 18th). Koepka pocketed the $4 million first prize.
Individual championship: Gooch collected enough points at the event to be declared LIV Golf's 2023 Individual Champion and recipient of the winner's $18 million bonus cheque.
Team event: second-placed RangeGoats team (-31; Bubba Watson, Talor Gooch, Harold Varner III & Thomas Pieters) finished 3 shots behind the Fireballs team (-34; Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Eugenio Chacarra & carlos Ortiz), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the last individual event, and thirteenth of fourteen 2023 LIV Golf League events run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company.

2022
Europe
Royal Greens
198 (-12)
US$4 million
LIV Golf

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Royal Greens

Score

198 (-12)

Prize money

US$4 million

Title sponsor

LIV Golf

Played as the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series (Jeddah) (Oct 14-16; 54-hole 48-player no-cut individual event, and accompanying four-player team event). [Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah EC, Saudi Arabia].
Individual event: Brooks Koepka (USA) beat Peter Uhlein (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole (par-5 18th), to scoop the $4 million first prize.
Individual championship: Dustin Johnson had already collected enough points at the previous LIV Golf event in Bangkok, to be declared LIV Golf's 2022 Individual Champion and recipient of the winner's $18 million bonus cheque.
Team event: second-placed Fireballs team (Sergio Garcia, Carloz Ortiz, Abraham Ancer & Eugeio Lopez-Chacarra) finished 6 shots behind the Smash team (Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein & Chase Koepka), who shared the $3 million team first prize.
Note: the seventh of eight 2022 "Invitational Series" events, and last of LIV Golf's 2022 "individual" events, run by Greg Norman's Saudi Arabian-bankrolled LIV Golf company.

2021
America
265 (-19)
$1,314,000
Waste Mgt

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

265 (-19)

Prize money

$1,314,000

Title sponsor

Waste Mgt

Played as the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Feb 4-7). Second-placed Xander Schauffele (USA) and Kyoung-hoon Lee (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Brooks Koepka (USA), who shot a final round 65 (-6) to clinch the win. [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].

2019
Majors
272 (-8)
$1,980,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$1,980,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (101st) (May 16-19). Second-placed Dustin Johnson (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Koepka (USA), who recorded his fourth major championship win. [Black course, Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, NY].

2019
Awards
$9,684,006
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Score

$9,684,006

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Koepka (USA) was the PGA Tour 2019 leading money winner (formerly the Arnold Palmer Award), with earnings of $9,684,006 on the Tour. Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) was second with $7,785,286. Matt Kuchar (USA) was third with $6,329,190.

2019
Awards
84 pts
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Score

84 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

For the second straight year, Koepka (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money list position and scoring average). Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) was second with 78 pts.

2019
WGC
264 (-16)
$1,745,000
FedEx/St Jude

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

264 (-16)

Prize money

$1,745,000

Title sponsor

FedEx/St Jude

Played as the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational (July 25-28). Second-placed Webb Simpson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Koepka (USA), who claimed his first World Golf Championships win. [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].

2018
Majors
281 (+1)
$2,160,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

281 (+1)

Prize money

$2,160,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (118th) (June 14-17). Second-placed Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Koepka (USA), who became the first man for 29 years to successfully defend this title. Fleetwood fired a US Open record-equalling score of 63 in his final round. [Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, Long Island, NY].

2018
Asia
Nine Bridges Jeju Is.
267 (-21)
US$1,710,000
CJ Group

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Nine Bridges Jeju Is.

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

US$1,710,000

Title sponsor

CJ Group

Played as the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges (Oct 18-21; US PGA Tour 2018/19 season). Second-placed Gary Woodland (USA) finished 4 shots behind Brooks Koepka (USA), whose final round 64 included a back-nine of 29. The win took Koepka to the No.1 spot in the official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. [The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, S. Korea].

2018
Awards
126 pts
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Score

126 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Koepka (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money list position and scoring average). Justin Thomas (USA) was second with 66 pts.

2018
Awards
x
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Brooks Koepka (USA) won the 2017-18 Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

2018
Majors
264 (-16)
$1,980,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

264 (-16)

Prize money

$1,980,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (100th) (Aug 9-12). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Koepka (USA), who claimed his second major championship win of 2018, and a third win in the last seven majors. [Bellerive CC, St Louis, Missouri].

2017
Majors
272 (-16)
$2,160,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$2,160,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (117th) (June 15-18). Second-placed Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) and Brian Harman (USA) finished 4 shots behind first-time major championship winner Koepka (USA). 27-year-old Koepka’s final score of 16-under tied Rory McIlroy’s record for low score in relation to par in a US Open. [Erin Hills, Erin, nr Milwaukee, Wisconsin].

2017
Japan
264 (-20)
¥40million
Dunlop

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

264 (-20)

Prize money

¥40million

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 16-19; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Prayad Marksaeng (Thai), Xander Schaffele (USA) and Sang-hee Lee (S Kor) finished 9 shots behind defending champion Koepka (USA). [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].

2016
Japan
263 (-21)
¥40million
Dunlop

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

263 (-21)

Prize money

¥40million

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 17-20; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind first-time Japan Tour winner Koepka (USA). [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].

2015
America
269 (-15)
$1,134,000
Waste Mgt

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$1,134,000

Title sponsor

Waste Mgt

Played as the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan 29-Feb 1). Second-placed Bubba Watson (USA), Ryan Palmer (USA) and Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Koepka (USA). [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].

2014
Awards
€2,631,873
see Score
Eurpn Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Venue

Score

€2,631,873

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Eurpn Tr

Koepka (USA) won the European Tour 2014 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player (determined by a panel representing the Tour, the R&A and Assoc of Golf Writers). Koepka finished eighth on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €2,631,873.

2014
Europe
271 (-17)
€848,930
Turkish Airlines

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Koepka, Brooks

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

€848,930

Title sponsor

Turkish Airlines

Played as the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov 13-16; third of four European Tour Final Series events). Second-placed Ian Poulter (Eng) finished 1 shot behind 24-year-old Brooks Koepka (USA), who recorded his first European Tour win (Koepka previously had three wins on Europe's Challenge Tour in 2013, and one in 2012). The overall result in Turkey ensured Rory McIlroy (N.Ire) won the season-long Race to Dubai (European Tour Order of Merit), with one event still to be played. [Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey].

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