28-year-old Brooks Koepka played largely on the European Challenge Tour (where he recorded 4 wins) and the European Tour (1 win) before moving on to the PGA Tour in 2014. He won his first PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Waste Management Open in 2015. Since then, the Florida native has not looked back and has even won on the Japan Golf Tour twice, once each in 2016 and 2017. His victory at last month’s PGA Championship was his third in the last seven majors.
Here are some more numbers from the season’s last Major:
2 – Brooks Koepka became World No.2
Brooks Koepka replaced Justin Thomas as World No. 2 on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), after earning 100 rank points for the win.
5 – 5th Player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship
Brooks Koepka is the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year; he is also a fifth American under the age of 29—since World War II—to have won three Majors. The feat of winning both events has been achieved earlier by Tiger Woods – 2000, Jack Nicklaus – 1980, Ben Hogan – 1948 and Gene Sarazen – 1922.
11 – Number of players who made every major cut in 2018
Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Tyrrell Hatton, Marc Leishman and Rafa Cabrera Bello are the only 11 players who made every major cut in 2018.
26 – Drives longer than 300 yards
Brooks Koepka hit 26 drives that were 320 yards or more during the week of the PGA Championship, most of anyone in the field.
100 – Not only for the PGA Championship
It was not only the 100th PGA Championship, but Davis Love III’s 100th appearance at a Major, and Brooks Koepka’s 100th PGA Tour start. Coincidentally, Koepka also racked up 100 World Ranking points!
264 – Lowest total at a major
Brooks Koepka’s total ties the lowest 72-hole score in Major championship history (the other being Henrik Stenson, 264 at 2016 Open).
266 – Tiger Woods lowest score
Tiger Woods’ 72-hole score was his lowest ever in a Major, and the lowest total in a Major championship by someone who didn’t win.
277 – Lowest score by a Club Pro
The total number of shots Ben Kern took over four days, the lowest ever by a club professional at the PGA Championship.
(Read more in the September issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)