Brooks Koepka was born in West Palm Beach, Florida where he grew up as a multi-sport athlete. Brooks went to college at Florida State University where he began making a name for himself by being a three-time All-American and winning three events.
By the time the summer of 2012 came along, Brooks had pursued the path of professional golf and was able to win his first title, the Challenge de Catalunya while playing on the Challenge Tour.
During the 2013 season, Brooks went on to win three-times during the 2013 season, including a tournament record of 24 under par at the Fred Olsen Challenge de España where he won by 10 strokes; a feat that had never been achieved in that event’s history. The success he found in 2013 led him to earning his European Tour Card for the rest of the current season and the 2014 season.
In 2014, Koepka had his sights set on earning his PGA Tour card. Getting off to a hot start early in the season, he collected several top-five finishes including a fourth place in the U.S. Open. This was enough for him to earn the coveted PGA Tour card and an invitation to the Masters.
Brooks Koepka – What’s In The Bag
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 205 lbs
- Birthday: May 3, 1990
- Year Turned Pro: 2012
- Nationality: United States of America
First PGA Tour Win
Brooks found his first victory on the PGA Tour at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open where he shot 15 under par to win the tournament by one stroke.
This win would move him to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking which was an impressive achievement in the early stages of his career. He finished the rest of his season with a few top 10 finishes and decided that he would stay on the PGA Tour.
During the 2017 season, Brooks Koepka was able to capture an elusive major title by winning the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. He shot a 16 under par to tie the lowest score ever for a U.S. Open. It was his first major title and he won in dominating fashion by four strokes.
After a wrist surgery that kept him out of play at the 2018 Masters tournament, Brooks was back in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in New York. Brooks won this tournament to defend his title. A rare accomplishment in golf.
Shortly after, he won the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri by two strokes while setting a PGA Championship record. By winning two of the three major tournaments he played in during 2018, Koepka had become an elite player on tour.
In 2019, Brooks continued his streak by winning the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York by two strokes over his great friend, Dustin Johnson. This title carried him to the #1 position in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since the 2018 season. During the 2020 season, Brooks took time off to work on injuries with his hip and knee.
After not playing for a while, Koepka came back strong for the 2021 season by winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the second time in his career.
What’s In The Bag? (Spring 2021)
Fairway wood: Taylormade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degree, Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX shaft)
Driving iron: Nike Vapor Pro (3-iron, Fujikura Pro 96 Tour Spec shaft)
Irons: Srixon ZX7 (4-PW, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (52, 56) Titleist Vokey SM5 TVD (60) (Dynamic gold S400 shafts)
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro-V1X
Prediction for 2021
Brooks Koepka is ranked #12 currently in the Official World Golf Ranking but I predict him to be ranked higher by the end of this season. In March of this year, Koepka underwent a right knee surgery which may take him out of tournaments for the foreseeable future, including the Masters. Once Brooks is feeling back to 100%, he will certainly be a threat on tour again.