Okay, time to toot my horn. Less than a month ago on www.golfbuckscounty.com this reporter mentioned Brooks Koepka would be a player to watch in 2015 on the PGA Tour.
That prediction was met by a big "huh" by a number of commenters. Not John Huh, but huh, as in what the heck are you writing about?
Well, in Scottsdale this past week American Brooks Koepka outdistanced a star studded field to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 24-year-old did it in style, ramming home a 50-foot putt on the par-5 15th hole at the Tournament Players Club for an eagle three. His final round 66 ended the event at 15-under-par 269, one shot ahead of Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer and Hideki Matsuyama. In an event where Tiger Woods missed the cut in his 2015 debut, Koepka was an eye opener with his performance.
Two years ago, Koepka missed qualifying for the PGA Tour. He made his way to Europe to hone his game, playing and winning on the minor league Challenge Tour to earn status on the PGA European Tour. Once there, he had an impact. He was more than comfortable, earning more than $2-million in prize money and more in endorsements. He captured the Turkish Open over a strong field and finished among the best in its season long competition.
Brooks Koepka. You may not know much about him, but you will as evidenced by his Waste Management Phoenix Open championship. Remember the name.