Brooks Koepka Headed to Ryder Cup
Former Florida Junior Tour standout and Florida State University Alumni, Brooks Koepka, will represent team USA at the Ryder Cup held September 30 - October 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Koepka muscled his way onto the Ryder Cup team with a stretch of gutsy performances late in 2016. Koepka, who is currently ranked 22nd in the world, nearly withdrew from the PGA Championship at Baltusrol with an injury but played on with a heavily-taped ankle and finished T4. He followed that up with a T9 the next week at the Travelers Championship. Prior to the season’s final major, Koepka finished in the top 10 four times in six starts after the Players Championship. His worst finish in that stretch was a T13 at the U.S. Open. Koepka joins Hubert Green and Paul Azinger as the only FSU Alumni to play in a Ryder Cup!
Koepka turned professional in the fall of 2012, and electing to play the European Challenge Tour rather than go to Q-School, Koepka won his first start on the Challenge Tour. He then quickly picked up three wins in 2013, earning him a promotion to the European Tour for the remainder of 2013 and all of 2014. Koepka would again qualify for the 2013 U.S. Open. During the 2013-2014 PGA Tour Season, Koepka led the Frys.com Open after the third round and would finish 3rd, his best finish on the PGA Tour. A T4 finish in the 2014 U.S. Open would earn Koepka PGA Tour Membership for 2014-2015 and an invite to the 2015 Masters. In November 2014, Brooks would hold off a charge by Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter to win the Turkish Airlines Open, his first European Tour Victory. Koepka continued his solid play on the PGA Tour, earning his first victory at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
While playing the Florida Junior Tour, Koepka competed against fellow PGA Tour members, Blayne Barber and Daniel Berger. As a junior, Koepka had a little Ryder Cup-style experience as he was a member of the South Florida Team at the 2006 Junior Florida Cup where we went 2-0-1 and won his pivotable singles match.
The Florida Junior Tour is now in its 15th season and will conduct 30 - 36 Hole Events and 2 - 54 Hole Majors in 2016. The tour and the FSGA Junior Championships (Boys' Junior, Girls' Junior, Junior Match Play Championships, Junior Florida Cup & Junior Team Championship) would not be possible without the help of The Future of Golf Foundation.