Koepka voted PGA Tour Player of the Year

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Brooks Koepka has been named the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year as voted by the tour’s membership for the 2017-18 season.

Koepka received the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for winning the accolade over Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas. PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 FedExCup events during the 2017-18 season were eligible to vote with the balloting process ending on October 1.

Koepka, a 28-year-old native of West Palm Beach, Florida, finished a career-best ninth in the FedExCup following a season that included victories at both the US Open and PGA Championship. He earned four additional top-10 finishes, including runners-up at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Charles Schwab Challenge.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, our congratulations to Brooks Koepka on being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers,” said tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the PGA Tour, and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships and a top-10 finish in the FedExCup. These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season.”

Following the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, Koepka did not compete while recovering from a left wrist injury, making his return in late April at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He collected his first top-10 post-injury at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club, a second-place finish to Justin Rose.

With his victory at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange (1988-89) to win back-to-back US Open titles. Five starts later, Koepka won his third Major title in his 100th PGA Tour start, capturing the PGA Championship by two strokes over Tiger Woods with a tournament record 16-under 264. At age 28, Koepka became the fifth American since 1945 with three or more Major wins before the age of 29 and the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season.

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