Koepka wins 3rd Challenge title, moves to Euro Tour

Koepka wins 3rd Challenge title, moves to Euro Tour


Koepka wins 3rd Challenge title, moves to Euro Tour

After a four-hour weather delay, Brooks Koepka, a former All-American at Florida State, picked up his third Challenge Tour victory of the season on Sunday, earning an automatic spot on the European Tour for the remainder of the season.

Koepka won his second title in three weeks, picking up a three-shot victory at the Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore, Scotland, outlasting Byeong-hun An with a final-round, 3-under 68 — including two birdies on his final two holes. An was eight shots ahead of Koepka after the first round, but Koepka would follow his opening 70 with rounds of 66-62-68.

Koepka went 4 under on his opening nine, but posted three bogeys over his first five holes on the back nine to put An back in striking distance. His closing birdies put away the title for the Florida native.

“It’s really exciting,” Koepka told EuropeanTour.com. “It was nice to get my third win here in Scotland and on my final trip before heading home to take some time off.

“This is only the beginning, and I’ve done it in barely a year playing professionally. I know it sounds a little bit cocky, but I have high expectations for myself.”

Koepka won the Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana on June 2, a little less than a month after he won his first title of the season at the Montecchia Golf Open. Koepka hasn’t finished outside the top 10 over his last seven Challenge Tour events.

Koepka is the first American to win three times in any single Challenge Tour season — even better than American roommate Peter Uihlein, who had a single Challenge Tour victory. Uihlein won on the European Tour earlier this year.

“Hopefully I will win on The European Tour next, it sounds cool saying it,” said Koepka. “I have always wanted to get out there and play with those guys and now I get my roommate (Uihlein) back!

“Maybe my expectations are borderline too high, but it is a good thing to always push yourself and never be satisfied. I think that is part of some frustration I have been feeling recently, that I am expecting a little bit too much of myself. A good break – going back home – will take care of all of that.”


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