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Brooks Koepka: 5 fast facts about the new US Open champ

American Brooks Koepka won the 117th US Open at Erin Hills on Sunday after shooting a final round of 67 to win by four shots.

by Richard Hazeldine
@HazeldineR

The 27-year old showed great nerve as a run of three birdies on the back nine saw him finish at 16-under par and tie Rory McIlroy’s 2011 record at Congressional for the lowest ever US Open total.

It was only Koepka’s second PGA Tour win and many golf fans would be forgiven for not knowing much about the latest major champion.

FOX Sports Asia gives you the lowdown on new US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

1. Brooks Koepka was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1990. He played college golf at Florida State University and turned pro in 2012. His brother Chase is also a pro golfer.



2. He took up golf at the age of 10 after facial injuries suffered in a car crash meant that he couldn’t participate in contact sports. He began playing at West Palm Beach’s public Okeeheelee Golf Course and the rest is history.

3. Koepka comes from a baseball family. His great-uncle Dick Groat played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, won two World Series and was the 1960 National League MVP. Koepka was a promising baseball player in his youth and still prefers the sport over golf, which he once described as “a bit boring, not much action.”

A winner in Scotland in 2013.

4. As a 21-year old, Koepka decided to go and try his luck in Europe and signed up for the second-tier Challenge Tour. He credits that decision with helping him to become a more rounded golfer and won four titles on the tour, including the Fred Olsen Challenge by 10 shots before playing on both the European and PGA Tours in 2014. He was Rookie of the Year on both tours in 2015 He returned full-time to the US PGA Tour later the same year.

Koepka with the European Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2015.

5. His first and only win on the PGA tour before the US Open came at the 2015 Phoenix Waste Management Open.


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