The PGA TOUR announced today that Brooks Koepka has been named the 2018 PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted by the TOUR’s membership for the 2017-2018 season and who have played at least 15 FedEx Cup events in the 2017-18 season were eligible to vote.
Last year, Justin Thomas was awarded the coveted Player of the Year award after his winning finish at the 2017 FedEx Cup Playoffs and Xander Scahuffele was awarded Rookie of the Year.
The winner receives a Jack Nicklaus Trophy, which was handed over by the man himself to Koepka yesterday.
Koepka, a 28-year-old native of West Palm Beach, Florida, finished a career-best ninth in the FedExCup following a season that included victories at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship. He earned four additional top-10 finishes, including runners-up at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Charles Schwab Challenge.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, our congratulations to Brooks Koepka on being voted PGA TOUR Player of the Year by his peers,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the PGA TOUR, and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships and a top-10 finish in the FedExCup. These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season.”
With his victory at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange (1988-89) to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Five starts later, Koepka won his third major title in his 100th PGA TOUR start, capturing the PGA Championship by two strokes over Tiger Woods with a tournament record 16-under 264. At age 28, Koepka became the fifth American since 1945 with three or more major wins before the age of 29 and the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season.
His competitors to top the list were, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, and Justin Thomas.