“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL BROOKS KOEPKA

Every Ryder Cup features a player making his debut in the biennial competition, and this year one of the intriguing rookies for the United States is Brooks Koepka.  Koepka was a three-time All-American at Florida State, turning professional in 2012. What makes his journey more unique is that he started his professional career not in the United States, but in Europe, a route rarely taken by Americans.

He joined the Challenge Tour and quickly found success, winning the Challenge de Catalunya in September 2012. He quickly won three events to earn his full European Tour card for 2013, and played on that tour in 2013 and 2014. Heading back to America, Koepka earned enough money at the 2014 U.S. Open to secure his Tour card for the upcoming season. He earned his first victory in February 2015 by winning the Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Although he has only won one time in the U.S. as compared to five victories in Europe (both main tour and Challenge Tour), Koepka is a steady force in American golf, with seven top-10s, including two runner-up finishes, this past season. ¬†Koepka’s calling card is his driving, ranked 9th in strokes gained, and putting, ranked 19th in strokes gained – two strengths needed in the heat of Ryder Cup battle.

 

 

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