Koepka voted PGA Tour Player of the Year

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS - GOLF

BROOKS Koepka, this year’s US Open and PGA Cham­pi­onship win­ner, was an­nounced as the US PGA Tour Player of the Year, hav­ing won a vote by the tour play­ers.

The 28-year-old Amer­i­can cap­tured the Jack Nick­laus Tro­phy af­ter a his­toric 2017-18 cam­paign that saw him de­fend his US Open crown by win­ning at Shin­necock and then deny Tiger Woods a 15th ma­jor ti­tle by hold­ing off a fi­nal-round rally in Au­gust at Bel­lerive. Koepka, who missed nearly four months in early 2018 with a left wrist in­jury, also man­aged four other top-10 ef­forts in the sea­son, in­clud­ing se­cond-place fin­ishes at the WGC HSBC Cham­pi­ons and at Colo­nial. Other fi­nal­ists for the award in­cluded English­man Justin Rose, Bri­tish Open cham­pion Francesco Moli­nari of Italy and Amer­i­cans Dustin John­son, Bryson DeCham­beau and Justin Thomas. Koepka be­came the first player since Cur­tis Strange in 1988-89 to win backto-back US Open ti­tles, then took his third ma­jor crown at the 100th PGA Cham­pi­onship with a tour­na­men­trecord 16-un­der 264 for 72 holes. Koepka be­came only the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA in the same sea­son and the fifth Amer­i­can since 1945 to win three ma­jors be­fore turn­ing 29.

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