Brooks Koepka (//, born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He became World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the 2018 CJ Cup. He also won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 2018. He successfully defended the PGA Championship in 2019, becoming the first golfer in history to hold two major titles back-to-back simultaneously. He started his career on the European Challenge Tour and eventually the European Tour. He played college golf at Florida State University.
Koepka in a 2016 Nike promotional commercial
|Born||May 3, 1990|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|College||Florida State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T2: 2019|
|U.S. Open||Won: 2017, 2018|
|The Open Championship||T6: 2017|
|PGA Championship||Won: 2018, 2019|
|Achievements and awards|
|Sir Henry Cotton|
Rookie of the Year
|PGA Player of the Year||2018|
Player of the Year
Koepka claimed his first major championship at the U.S. Open in 2017 at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. He successfully defended his title in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, the first golfer to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, shooting a major-championship-record-tying 264 over 72 holes. His 2018 victories in the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship were the first instance of that double since Tiger Woods in 2000.
Early years and amateur career
Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Koepka was raised in Lake Worth, and attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. He played college golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he won three events and was a three-time All-American. He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur, but missed the cut by six strokes.
In 2013, he had his second victory on the Challenge Tour, winning the 2013 Montecchia Golf Open. He followed this a month later with his third win, the Fred Olsen Challenge de España, where he set the tournament record, 260 (−24), and won by a record 10 strokes.
Three weeks later, he had his third win of the year at the Scottish Hydro Challenge. With those three wins, he earned his European Tour card for the remainder of the 2013 season and for the full 2014 season. The day after his third Challenge Tour win of 2013, Koepka qualified for the 2013 Open Championship. Koepka made his debut as a member of the European Tour (he played in three events prior to promotion to membership) at the Scottish Open, finishing T12.
On the 2014 PGA Tour, Koepka played a few events on sponsor's exemptions and through open qualifying. In his first event of the year, Koepka led after the second and third rounds of the Frys.com Open. He finished tied for third. At the U.S. Open, he collected a fourth-place finish, which earned him his first PGA Tour card, for the 2014–15 season, and his first Masters invitation. He was 15th at the PGA Championship, and was nominated for the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.
On the 2014 European Tour, Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open and finished third at the Dubai Desert Classic and Omega European Masters, and ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He ranked 8th in the 2014 Race to Dubai rankings and was named the European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.
At the 2015 Open Championship, Koepka improved every day and a final round 68 vaulted him into a tie for 10th at the Old Course at St Andrews. The next week, Koepka was tied for fourth after 54 holes at the RBC Canadian Open but a final round 74 pushed him down to a tie for 18th at the Glen Abbey Golf Course. He then tied for 6th at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tied for 5th at the 2015 PGA Championship. In 2015, he chose to give up his European Tour membership.
In 2017, Koepka won his first major championship by claiming the U.S. Open title at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. His win tied him for the record of the lowest U.S. Open score at 16 under (tied with Rory McIlroy's 2011 record).
Koepka had to undergo wrist surgery after the 2017 season and had hoped that his recuperation would be complete in time for the 2018 Masters Tournament but he had to withdraw, saying that he was only 80% fit. He recovered to successfully defend his U.S. Open title at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win consecutive U.S. Open titles, which has occurred only seven times. He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.
At the 2018 Ryder Cup, an errant tee shot by Koepka struck a female spectator and caused her right eye to explode resulting in permanent blindness. Also at the Ryder Cup, it was rumored that Koepka and teammate Dustin Johnson got into a feud over some personal issues but Koepka denied these claims saying "This Dustin thing I don't get, There is no fight, no argument, he's one of my best friends. I love the kid to death and we talked on the phone Monday and yesterday and he told me how he thought. People like to make a story and run with it. It's not the first time there's been a news story that isn't true that has gone out."
On May 19, 2019, Koepka won the 2019 PGA Championship, the first to successfully defend the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods in 2007. With his win in this major championship, Koepka regained the #1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Through the 2019 PGA Championship, Koepka has made the cut in 91% of the major championships he's entered (20 out of 22).
Koepka's younger brother, Chase, is also a professional golfer.  The two brothers played as partners in the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour, the only Tour event using a team format.
Amateur wins (4)
- 2009 Rice Planters Amateur
- 2011 Brickyard Collegiate
- 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate, Florida Atlantic Intercollegiate
Professional wins (13)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|Major championships (4)|
|Other PGA Tour (2)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Feb 1, 2015||Waste Management Phoenix Open||71-68-64-66=269||−15||1 stroke|| Hideki Matsuyama, Ryan Palmer,|
|2||Jun 18, 2017||U.S. Open||67-70-68-67=272||−16||4 strokes||Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama|
|3||Jun 17, 2018||U.S. Open (2)||75-66-72-68=281||+1||1 stroke||Tommy Fleetwood|
|4||Aug 12, 2018||PGA Championship||69-63-66-66=264||−16||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|5||Oct 21, 2018||CJ Cup||71-65-67-64=267||−21||4 strokes||Gary Woodland|
|6||May 19, 2019||PGA Championship (2)||63-65-70-74=272||−8||2 strokes||Dustin Johnson|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2016||AT&T Byron Nelson||Sergio García||Lost to par on first extra hole|
European Tour wins (5)
|Major championships (4)|
|Race to Dubai finals series (1)|
|Other European Tour (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Nov 16, 2014||Turkish Airlines Open||−17 (69-67-70-65=271)||1 stroke||Ian Poulter|
|2||Jun 18, 2017||U.S. Open||−16 (67-70-68-67=272)||4 strokes||Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama|
|3||Jun 17, 2018||U.S. Open (2)||+1 (75-66-72-68=281)||1 stroke||Tommy Fleetwood|
|4||Aug 12, 2018||PGA Championship||−16 (69-63-66-66=264)||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|5||May 19, 2019||PGA Championship (2)||−8 (63-65-70-74=272)||2 strokes||Dustin Johnson|
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Nov 20, 2016||Dunlop Phoenix Tournament||−21 (65-70-63-65=263)||1 stroke||Yuta Ikeda|
|2||Nov 19, 2017||Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (2)||−20 (65-68-64-67=264)||9 strokes|| Lee Sang-hee,|
Challenge Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Sep 30, 2012||Challenge de Catalunya||−16 (68-67-65=200)||3 strokes||Alessandro Tadini|
|2||May 5, 2013||Montecchia Golf Open||−23 (66-67-62-66=261)||7 strokes||Agustin Domingo|
|3||Jun 2, 2013||Fred Olsen Challenge de España||−24 (64-66-64-66=260)||10 strokes|| Luis Claverie, Édouard Dubois,|
|4||Jun 23, 2013||Scottish Hydro Challenge||−18 (70-66-62-68=266)||3 strokes|| An Byeong-hun, Andrea Pavan,|
Steven Tiley, Sam Walker
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|2017||U.S. Open||1 shot deficit||−16 (67-70-68-67=272)||4 strokes||Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama|
|2018||U.S. Open (2)||Tied for lead||+1 (75-66-72-68=281)||1 stroke||Tommy Fleetwood|
|2018||PGA Championship||2 shot lead||−16 (69-63-66-66=264)||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|2019||PGA Championship (2)||7 shot lead||−8 (63-65-70-74=272)||2 strokes||Dustin Johnson|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T67||T10||T6||T39|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||2||2||5||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 20 (2013 PGA – 2019 PGA, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2018 PGA – 2019 PGA, current)
Results in World Golf Championships
|FedEx St. Jude Invitational||T6||WD||T17||5|
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = Withdrew
"T" = Tied
U.S. national team appearances
- 2013 Challenge Tour graduates
- List of Florida State Seminoles men's golfers
- List of golfers with most Challenge Tour wins
- List of golfers to achieve a three-win promotion from the Challenge Tour
- List of men's major championships winning golfers
- List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
- List of World Number One male golfers
- "2018 CJ Cup: Brooks Koepka takes top ranking from Dustin Johnson with win in South Korea". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- "Brooks Koepka's Sunday in 2 Minutes". USGA. June 18, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
- Martin, Sean (June 18, 2017). "Late surge lifts Koepka to major triumph". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
- "Brooks Koepka". Seminoles.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
- "U.S. Open Golf Championship (June 14 - 17, 2012): Leaderboard". ESPN. June 17, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
- "American Koepka claims maiden Challenge Tour victory". PGA European Tour. September 30, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
- "Koepka proves his star potential with swashbuckling Montecchia Golf Open win". Daily Mail. May 5, 2013.
- "Record-breaker Brooks enters history books". PGA European Tour. June 2, 2013.
- "With This Win – Brooks Koepka". PGA European Tour. June 23, 2013.
- "Brooks Koepka – Results – 2013". PGA European Tour.
- "Inside the Field 2014". PGA Tour.
- "McIlroy voted 2013-14 PGA Tour Player of the Year; Hadley named top rookie". PGA Tour. October 1, 2014.
- "Koepka named 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year". PGA European Tour. November 25, 2014.
- "Koepka earns 1st PGA Tour win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 1, 2015.
- "Week 5: Koepka Breaks Into The Top 20". Official World Golf Ranking. February 2, 2015.
- "Notes: Koepka gives up European Tour membership". PGA Tour. Associated Press. October 29, 2015.
- "Koepka captures first major, ties U.S. Open record". PGA Tour. Associated Press. June 18, 2017.
- Ballengee, Ryan. "Brooks Koepka to miss the 2018 Masters recovering from wrist injury". Golf News Net. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- Murray, Ewan (June 18, 2018). "Brooks Koepka makes history in holding off Fleetwood to retain US Open title". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Murray, Ewan (August 13, 2018). "Brooks Koepka's nerveless display denies Tiger Woods fairytale victory". The Guardian. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- Zauzmer, Emily (October 2, 2018). "Golf Fan Loses Sight After Ball Hits Her at Ryder Cup: It Was an 'Explosion of the Eyeball'". People.
- "Euro Tour to help fan who has lost vision from ball strike". MSN. Associated Press. October 2, 2018.
- "Brooks Koepka denies fight with Dustin Johnson, calls injury to spectator 'one of my worst days'". ESPN. October 3, 2018.
- "Brooks Koepka has golf's top ranking with win in South Korea". Associated Press. October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
- Murray, Ewan (May 19, 2019). "Brooks Koepka survives mini-meltdown to retain US PGA Championship". The Guardian. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
- "Week 20 – Koepka Returns to World No. 1". Official World Golf Ranking. May 19, 2019.
- Huggan, John (June 28, 2017). "Chase Koepka hopes Challenge Tour experience can pay off the same way it did for big brother Brooks". Golf Digest. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
- "Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Past Results". PGA Tour.