Brooks Koepka named PGA Tour Player of the Year

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

"On behalf of the PGA Tour, our congratulations to Brooks Koepka on being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers", PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said via statement.

Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 to win back-to-back US Open titles, then took his third major crown at the 100th PGA Championship with a tournament-record 16-under 264 for 72 holes.

The new PGA Tour season is already underway, but there's one last piece of business from the 2017-18 season: naming the Player of the Year.

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Koepka, 28, missed the early part of the calendar year due to a wrist injury.

Koepka won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills to become the first player to go back-to-back since 1989. But emotion or not, it was a feat even Koepka said seemed a "laughable" prospect at the start of the year. World number one Johnson was third followed by England's Justin Rose, victor of the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff crown. "But they're as close as they've ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them". "It's been a roller-coaster year, being on the sidelines for four months and then to come out and win two majors".

Thomas had echoed those sentiments when the PGA Tour offered up options for the Player of the Year, writing on twitter "Just give BK the trophy!" Also nominated are Rose, Johnson, Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and British Open champion Francesco Molinari - all competing at the Ryder Cup in France this week.

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