Now it's official: Brooks Koepka leaves the PGA Tour and moves to the Arab Super League, the LIV Golf which, with a press release, has announced that it has signed the 4-time Major champion. The American, former world number 1, will make his debut in the new economic powerhouse of the 'green' from June 30 to July 2 in Portland, the largest city in Oregon.
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"We cannot fail to underline the impact that Koepka has had in this discipline in the last five years. He is among the best golfers in the world", commented Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf.
Brooks Koepka (West Palm Beach, May 3, 1990) is an American golfer. Winner of the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018 and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, he became the first golfer in history to simultaneously hold the titles of two majors for two consecutive years.
He became world number 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings after earning the 2018 CJ Cup, holding that position in four rounds for a total of forty-seven weeks. He played golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee and, as an amateur, won three tournaments and was All-America three times.
He went on to qualify for the U.S. Open 2012, where however he did not pass the cut. In the same summer he turned pro, taking part in the Challenge Tour. He won his first title at the Challenge de Catalunya, while in the following season he won the Montecchia Open and triumphed at the Challenge de España, where he set the record score of the competition, 260 (-24) , winning by 10 hits.
Three weeks later, with his victory in the Scottish Challenge, he earned the opportunity to compete in the European Tour for the remainder of 2013 and 2014. In this vintage he won the Turkish Airlines Open and finished third in the Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega European Masters.
Finishing eighth in the Race to Dubai standings, he was named "rookie of the year" In 2015 also comes the first title in the PGA Tour, the Phoenix Open. At the Open Championship he finishes tenth and at the PGA Championship he finishes fifth.
At the end of the season he renounces participating in the European Tour. To the U.S. Open 2017 wins his first Major, scoring a -16 and thus equaling Rory McIlroy's 2011 tournament record. U.S. title Open (no one had succeeded since Curtis Strange in 1989) and won the third Major, the PGA Championship. Thanks to the victory of the CJ Cup he reaches the first position in the world ranking.