US Open champ Koepka voted PGA Tour Player of Year

Aubrey Yates
October 12, 2018

Brooks Koepka has been named Player of the Year by the PGA Tour for the 2017-18 season, the organization announced Tuesday.

Along with winning two majors, Koepka said he was most proud of his attitude when he wasn't playing. "I tried to have the most positive spin on it when I was home".

It won't be a huge surprise to many that 28-year-old Koepka was voted for by his peers to receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, having claimed both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 2018.

Koepka landed the coveted honour despite missing almost three months with a wrist injury as he would go on to become the first repeat US Open victor in 29 years and then triumphed at the PGA Championship for his third career major title.

Two months later, Koepka held off Tiger Woods amid ear-splitting roars on the back nine at Bellerive to win the PGA Championship by two shots.

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Koepka became only the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA in the same season and the fifth American since 1945 to win three majors before turning 29. The first time I defended a major I won it. You don't put any added pressure on yourself, that's not me, that's not my personality.

He earned four additional top-10 finishes, including runners-up at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Charles Schwab Challenge. He missed four months at the start of the year recovering from a partially torn tendon in his left wrist but then made up for lost time in a big way.

"There is always something on the course or off the course that you want to achieve". "From there, you find something else and you try and build on it".

Asked if there was anything he could improve he replied: "I improved my driving a year ago". I've always been a pretty good putter, but this year I didn't putt as well as I would have liked.

"Obviously, I putted well in the majors but other than that it wasn't up to my standards and I'm working to improve that".

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