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Winner’s Circle: Brooks Koepka Claims Victory at 2018 CJ Cup

Brooks Koepka shot a final-round 64 at Nine Bridges Golf Club to capture his fifth career PGA Tour title at the 2018 CJ Cup.

Koepka finished at 21-under par, four shots clear of runner-up Gary Woodland, who posted a 63 on Sunday in South Korea.

Brooks Koepka Wins the 2018 CJ Cup
Brooks Koepka poses with the trophy after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, South Korea on October 21, 2018. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

In a span of just 19 starts, over 11 months, the Florida State product has won four worldwide titles, including two majors – the 2018 U.S. Open and PGA Championship.


PRO-FILE

Full Name: Brooks Koepka
Nationality American
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 186 lb
Birthdate: May 3 (age 28)
Native: West Palm Beach, Florida
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
College: Florida State University
Sponsor: Nike


FINAL SCORES

1 Brooks Koepka –21 (71-65-67-64)
2 Gary Woodland –17 (73-67-68-63)
3 Ryan Palmer –15 (72-70-69-62)
3 Rafael Cabrera-Bello –11 (73-70-65-65)
5 Jason Day –10 (73-71-65-67)
5 Scott Piercy –10 (70-65-72-69)


WINNER’S STATS

Fairways: 73.2% (T42)
Greens: 75.0% (T23)
Putts/GIR: 1.750 (20th)
Scores: 2 Eagles, 23 Birdies, 41 Pars, 11 Bogeys, 1 Double


VIDEO: KOEPKA’S FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS

Credit: PGA TOUR


2019 SEASON

Starts: 1
Cuts Made: 1
Wins: 1 (CJ Cup)
Earnings: $1,710,000
FedExCup Points/Ranking: 500/3rd


CAREER VICTORIES

PGA Tour: 5
2018 CJ Cup
2018 PGA Championship
2018 U.S. Open
2017 U.S. Open
2015 Waste Mgt Phoenix Open

European Tour: 1
2014 Turkish Airlines Open

Japan Tour: 2
2017 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament
2016 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament


MONEY & PLAYOFF POINTS

With his win, Koepka earned $1,710,000 and 500 FedExCup points to move to 3rd place.


WORLD RANKING

Koepka received 54 OWGR points, and will move up to No. 1 in the world, replacing Dustin Johnson.


EXIT QUESTION

Question: Brooks, what a back nine, but the champion and now World No. 1. You had quite a journey to get to this point. What did you learn about yourself throughout this quest to be No. 1?

Brooks Koepka Wins the 2018 CJ Cup
Brooks Koepka celebrates after winning the CJ Cup at the Nine Bridges on October 21, 2018 in Jeju, South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Brooks Koepka: “It’s a battle every day, you’ve just got to keep working hard and trying to improve. I’ve done that. I enjoyed my time on the Challenge Tour, the European Tour, and being here on the PGA Tour.

“To be World No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid and I don’t think this one’s going to sink in.”


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor.

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