After winning his second consecutive U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in June, Koepka went on to win his third major title at Bellerive Country Club in the 100th PGA Championship, which marked the tournament’s centennial. A four-shot victory over Tiger Woods at Bellerive was secured with a 69-63-66-66 performance at Bellerive.
As a result, Koepka joins a select group of players who have won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year, including Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. At Shinnecock, he shot a stunning 68 on Sunday to finish one shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and two shots ahead of his 2016 Ryder Cup teammate Dustin Johnson, who finished third. Since Curtis Strange won the U.S. Open in 1988 and 1989, Koepka is the first player to win consecutive U.S. Opens.
For the big-hitting Koepka, it was a triumphant return to form after a wrist injury sidelined him for much of the first half of 2018. In his Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine in 2016, he posted an impressive 3-1-0 record. That propelled him to a successful season in 2016-17, which included winning the U.S. Open at Erin Hills and finishing in the top ten seven times in 24 starts.
- Country: The United States of America
- Age: thirty-one Born on the 5th of March, 1990, in West Palm Beach, Florida
- Jupiter, Florida is where I call home.
- 6-foot-one-inch, 200-pound man
- Winnings since turning pro: 12 in 2012.
- Rank 12 in the world of golf
- Earnings from the Masters: $1,620,284
Qualification(s) for the 2021 Masters include being the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open champion. Winner of the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019. This player was one of the top 12 finishers (including ties) in the previous year’s Masters Tournament. From the previous Masters to the current Masters, the winner of PGA Tour events that award a full point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship receives a full point allocation for the Tour Championship. On the final Official World Golf Ranking for 2020, you’ll be among the top 50 players.
Brooks Koepka withdrew from the Tour Championship after the 12th hole on Saturday due to a left wrist injury. The tournament was being held at East Lake Golf Club in Chicago.
After hitting a tree root in the rough with his approach shot from 147 yards on the 10th hole, Koepka suffered a wrist injury that required surgery. Koepka is one of six players who have automatically qualified for the Ryder Cup, which will take place September 24-26 in France. He made a bogey on the hole and then parred the 11th and 12th holes before withdrawing from the tournament due to injury.
Koepka finished the day with a score of 3 over par and 1 under par for the tournament.
“It’s the same wrist I had issues with back in ’17 and ’18, so I’m just checking to make sure everything is okay,” said Koepka, whose wrist was swollen. Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open, the 2018 U.S. Open and PGA Championship, as well as the 2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, among other tournament victories this year.
In an interview with Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, Koepka stated that he was flying home to Florida on Saturday and would undergo an x-ray on his wrist on Monday.
In order to recover and rest from his injury before the Ryder Cup, Koepka will have two weeks. In addition, the PGA Tour will be closed next week, and Koepka has made no indication that he will compete in the season-opening Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, the following week.
Although he withdrew from the tournament, Koepka will receive $395,000 in bonus money for placing 30th in the FedEx Cup Playoffs final.
Brooks Koepka appears to be gaining the upper hand in his ongoing feud with Bryson DeChambeau, according to reports. He should put it to good use in order to put an end to the hatred.
For the sake of argument, let us put aside all moral and ethical considerations and treat the feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau as if it were a boxing match. If you do that, it’s a unanimous decision: Koepka is the winner. Koepka was victorious in every way: definitively, emphatically, and completely.
According to the most condensed version of what happened here, the two golfers had a long-standing animosity toward one another, DeChambeau irritated Koepka after they reached an uneasy truce, and Koepka responded by unleashing the dogs of war. Once he did, it was never going to be a fair fight again.
As a result, DeChambeau is routinely bullied to the point of frustration and rage on the golf course, even as he continues to achieve success on the course (which is quite remarkable considering the circumstances). It’s even possible that there would be no need for judges if this were a real boxing match; there would be no need to deliberate over a TKO.
There’s a popular meme that was inspired by “”Stop! Stop! “, says the boy, pointing his finger at an unseen spectacle (which is Homer Simpson dressed as Krusty the Clown beating up a hamburglar, but that’s not important right now) and yelling. He’s already passed away!” And that’s where we are in the Koepka-DeChambeau feud right now; Koepka has made his point, and he has made it unmistakably.
I believe it is incumbent on him now to recognize that he has the ability to end the fight without losing face, and to recognize that every moment he remains silent and allows the abuse of DeChambeau to continue without even making an attempt to intervene is an unnecessary cruel moment.
I want to be crystal clear on one point, and that is that I don’t believe we can hold Koepka responsible for his initial reaction. Repeat: Initially. (See this page for a recap of the tumultuous family feud.) However, there is no rule that states that he must be a fan of DeChambeau, and let’s be honest, there is a lot about Bryson that Brooks and others do not like—the way he blames his equipment; his, ahem, controversial opinions on public health issues, his recent refusal to speak to the press, and the list goes on and. As for Koepka, one of the things that distinguishes him as such a formidable competitor is that it is not in his nature to take an insult on the chin. Until this past June, he had largely been content with simply holding his ground.
Later, in a Facebook post promoting Michelob Ultra, Koepka implied that fans should heckle DeChambeau, and the entire episode crossed a line in terms of fair play and competitiveness. It emboldened and enabled the worst elements of a golf audience, and it turned every round for Bryson DeChambeau into a battle with forces far greater than the course itself.
It was successful, just like everything else Koepka has attempted during this feud. Memphis was the first place where I became aware of the sadistic nature of the attacks from the gallery, and it was also the first place where I realized that the “Brooksy!” routine wasn’t just a harmless joke or a good-natured joke.
On paper, it can certainly appear to be that way, which is why it’s so difficult to convey the feeling of ugliness experienced on the course to those who haven’t been there in person. Another issue with this whole feud is that, upon hearing all of this, the natural reaction is to wonder why calling someone “Brooksy” is such an important thing to say. On the surface, it does not appear to be profane, it does not appear to be personal, and it does not appear to be an insult. However, when you witness the mob in person and hear the cacophony of yells that last for hours on end, the intent becomes clear, and the intent is to harass and humiliate the person being harassed.
Brooksy is being yelled at because the people around him aren’t fond of him. More importantly, they want him to be aware that they do not approve of him. Although the word itself is only a messenger, the message it conveys is extremely powerful. It’s a brutal spectacle to watch as dozens of fans swarm around him on every hole of the tournament.
It’s also quite efficient. During his final round in Memphis, DeChambeau appeared visibly upset, staring daggers at onlookers and finally yelling at a woman who joined the fray. He complained angrily to his manager after the game, ostensibly about the bad breaks he had received during his round, but the true source of his rage was immediately apparent. The crowds at The Northern Trust in New Jersey were swarmed by undercover cops who alternated between lecturing and booting fans who yelled abuse, but it made no difference.
On the far reaches of the course, where the gallery was too sparse to shout at him anonymously, there was silence, but in the thick crowds nearer the entrance, entire sections of fans in the stadiums abused him en masse, and he was booed and jeered. The vitriol of the fans as well as the constant heckling brought him to his knees Sunday at Caves Valley. ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg witnessed him confront a fan in an encounter that appeared to be on the verge of physical aggression. He was taken to the hospital.
‘Brooksy’ is a word that serves only as a messenger, but the message it conveys is extremely powerful. Hundreds of DeChambeau’s admirers swarm around him on every hole, making for a brutal spectacle.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan addressed the issue on Tuesday ahead of the Tour Championship, stating that the tour would be updating its fan code-of-conduct policy to ensure that anyone engaging in “unsafe, disruptive, or harassing behavior” would be removed from a tournament. The Tour Championship will take place on Thursday and Friday. When asked specifically if shouting “Brooksy” was an example of such behavior, Monahan responded affirmatively.
“And the reason I say yes is because the word ‘respect’ is something that we are all using, and to me, when you hear ‘Brooksy’ yelled or any other expression yelled, the question is whether it is respectful or disrespectful.”” Monahan expressed himself. “This has been going on for a long time, and it is getting worse. I believe it is disrespectful at this point; this is the type of behavior we will not tolerate in the future.”
We have to be realistic and acknowledge that things have gotten to the point where the tour, or even Koepka himself, may not be able to make a difference at this point. Even if Koepka came out tomorrow and released a video pleading with all of his fans to refrain from harassing DeChambeau, who is to say they would heed his plea? Even though I believe it would make a positive difference, the hecklers’ obvious delight in their actions goes beyond any individual’s ability to exert control over them.
In the interest of full disclosure, we should also point out that Koepka is not solely to blame for the subset of golf fans who dislike DeChambeau. This past Sunday, when I walked with DeChambeau on the 18th hole at Caves Valley for the first time, I was surrounded by a pro-Cantlay atmosphere that was overwhelming.
Despite the fact that it didn’t reach Ryder Cup levels of partisanship, it was unusually one-sided for a “neutral” PGA Tour match between two Americans, particularly when the favored American isn’t exactly a household name. The fans erupted in applause for every Cantlay highlight, including a bogey putt at 17 that received a louder applause than any other bogey putt I can recall, and they were almost as enthusiastic for DeChambeau’s miscues. There is something about DeChambeau that irritates the curators of art galleries. It is greater than Koepka, and there is no point in denying it.
However, things do not have to be this bad. Koepka could take the initiative and make a public statement in an attempt to bring a sad chapter in the history of professional golf to a close. Regardless of how much you may dislike a fellow competitor, and regardless of how valid your arguments are, it is wrong to allow him to be psychologically abused by galleries.
Nobody is lining up to declare Bryson DeChambeau a saint, and in fact, Koepka may not suffer significantly as a result of his decision to remain silent. While this is true, he still has the opportunity to do the right thing. Despite the fact that it may be difficult and that it may not resonate with the attack dogs, his efforts will be noticed and appreciated in the appropriate places, despite his competitive instincts. He’s already won the fight; now it’s time to extend a hand and lift his opponent off the canvas and onto his feet.