Brooks Koepka’s journey to the upper echelon of the PGA TOUR is well known by now, and his unconventional story has made him the competitor he is today. Most players of his talent level would have gone from Florida State to Q School, and then maybe spent a year on the Web.com Tour, if they couldn’t make it straight away.
Koepka honed his craft in Europe, and learned how to become a winner away from the bright spotlight of the PGA TOUR. Now that he’s been back on a full-time basis for several years, though, he’s more prepared than ever to take his game to the next level.
When Koepka claimed the U.S. Open this year, tying the lowest score to par in tournament history, he left no doubt that he belonged in the conversation of the game’s best.
Koepka’s Playoff history, short as it is, is also a bit spotty. In 2015, he missed the cut at both the Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship, finished 49th at the BMW and 18th at the Tour Championship. In 2016, he didn’t even qualify for East Lake. This year can mark a new chapter in his career, and it all starts this week at the Northern Trust.
Koepka has blazed his own path to the top. Now he simply needs to see it through to completion.