30 Brilliant Facts About Brooks Koepka You Didn’t Know Before

Brooks Koepka
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Brooks Koepka, one of the most remarkable golfers in history, was the World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for 47 weeks. He is also the first golfer in history to hold back-to-back titles in two majors simultaneously. Throughout his career, he has dealt with so many ups and downs, especially with a litany of injuries plaguing his entire 2020 season. Still, the golfer is one of the most promising talents in the golf history, who has his name littering the PGA Championship record book. Here are some really interesting facts about the golfer that will blow your mind:

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  1.  He won his third major at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club to become only the fifth player, and the first since Tiger Woods in 2000, to win the U.S. Open and the PGA titles in the same year.
  2.  He also won the CJ Cup on October 21, 2018, with which he successfully became the number one in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  3.  In the year 2017, Koepka won his first major championship by claiming the U.S. Open title at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. With this win, he tied for the record of the lowest U.S. Open score at 16 under (tied with Rory McIlroy's 2011 record).
  4.  He won his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, on February 1, 2015 and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  5.  He won the 2019 PGA Championship on May 19, 2019, becoming the first to successfully defend the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods in 2007.
  6.  Brooks Koepka was born on May 3, 1990 to Bob Koepka and Denise Jakows in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has a younger brother Chase Koepka.
  7.  While his brother is also a professional golfer, his great uncle is Major League Baseball player Dick Groat, while played for four National League teams.
  8.  He was raised in Lake Worth along with his brother. He attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach.
  9.  He studied at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he won three events and was a three-time All-American in college golf. He even qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur, but missed the cut by six strokes.
  10.  Brooks turned professional in the summer of 2012, and started playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe, and won his first title in September at the Challenge de Catalunya.
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  12.  He played with his brother Chase as partners in the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour, the only Tour event using a team format.
  13.  His second victory on the Challenge Tour was in the year 2013, winning the 2013 Montecchia Golf Open.
  14.  His third win was in the Fred Olsen Challenge de España, where he set the tournament record, 260, and won by a record 10 strokes.
  15.  With his third victory of 2013, at the Scottish Hydro Challenge, he earned his European Tour card for the remainder of the 2013 season and for the full 2014 season.
  16.  On the 2014 PGA Tour, Koepka played a few events on sponsor's exemptions and through open qualifying.
  17.  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.
  18.  At the 2014 PGA Championship, he ended up as 15th, and was nominated for the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.
  19.  He also ranked 8th in the 2014 Race to Dubai rankings and was named the European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.
  20.  At the 2015 Open Championship, a final round 68 vaulted him into a tie for 10th at the Old Course at St Andrews.
  21.  Following his 2017 season, he underwent wrist surgery, with hopes to be fit for the 2018 Masters Tournament. But, as he was only 80% fit, he had to withdraw.
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  23.  He successfully recovered to 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.
  24.  During the 2018 Ryder Cup, an errant tee shot by Koepka struck a female spectator and caused a globe rupture of her right eye resulting in her losing vision in that eye.
  25.  On July 28, 2019, he won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, winning $1,745,000 and clinched the season-long Wyndham Rewards Top 10 Challenge and an additional $2,000,000.
  26.  He qualified for the 2019 Presidents Cup but withdrew because of a knee injury and was replaced by Rickie Fowler on November 20, 2019.
  27.  His 2020 season was mostly plagued by hip and knee pains for the majority of the season. He withdrew from competition prior to FedEx Cup playoffs.
  28.  He won the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona in February 2021, in which he overcame a five-shot deficit on the final day, with a 6-under-par 65.
  29.  He announced his engagement to the American actress Jena Sims, who has appeared in movies like “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.” She was Miss Georgia Teen USA in 2007.
  30.  In September 2021, Koepka played on the U.S. team in the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
  31.  The same month, following his victory in his Sunday singles match against Bernd Wiesberger, he signed with golf brand Srixon.
  32.  On November 26, 2021, he won The Match, a series of exhibition match play golf challenge matches, against rival Bryson DeChambeau at Wynn Las Vegas.
  33.  Brooks Koepka Net Worth: $18 Million

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