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US Open, PGA winner Koepka voted PGA Tour Player of Year

Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Koepka has won PGA Tour player of the year on the strength of his two major champ Brooks Koepka: US golfer named PGA Tour player of the year
Cassandra Castillo | 11 October, 2018, 03:57

Brooks Koepka added another accolade to a sensational season on Tuesday when, as had been widely expected, he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year following a 2017-18 campaign highlighted by two major victories.

Koepka retained his U.S. Open title and won the US PGA Championship to take his haul of majors to three in 2017-18, but he was unable to help the United States beat Europe at Le Golf National.

Koepka, 28, this year became the fifth player to win both of those majors in the same season, the first since Tiger Woods in 2000.

Koepka won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills to become the first player to go back-to-back since 1989.

Koepka's third major championship came quickly after.

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"Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance", Koepka had said at the time.

Justin Thomas, who won the award last year, finished second to Koepka in the points standings that determine the PGA of America's Player of the Year award.

As for the PGA Tour Player of the year honours, he'd all but wrapped those up in the views of the players. "But they're as close as they've ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them".

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.

Many were not sure how Brooks would play this year.

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