Following his friend and roommate Peter Uihlein, Palm Beach Gardens resident Brooks Koepka won the 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year award on Tuesday.
It has already been a historic year for the former Cardinal Newman and Florida state standout. Not only did Koepka earn full playing privileges on the European Tour in 2014 thanks for three wins on the Challenge Tour (the European Tour’s equivalence to the U.S. based Web.com Tour) but he also earned his PGA Tour card thanks in large part to a top 5 finish at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Koepka wrapped up his monumental year, and presumably enough the Rookie of the Year honors, two weeks ago in Turkey when he earned his first win on a major tour, winning the Turkish Masters.
As a result, the ROY award is staying in Florida and can just transfer bedrooms.
“Winning the Rookie of the Year means so much,” said Koepka in a release. “I’ve worked so hard this year, and to see the results is fun. To cap the year off with a win in Turkey, has made this year special, and it’s a goal I’ve been working for since I was able to come out on Tour, and that was the goal starting the year. Looking back where I was two years ago, and then where I am today is special. So to win Turkey and win Rookie of the Year is amazing.
Coming over, having nowhere to play and getting a win on The Challenge Tour, and then getting the promotion, was unbelievable. And now to win on The European Tour is special, and to win Rookie of the Year, you look at all the names, guys who have won it, especially last year; Pete Uihlein, so at least we can keep it in the house.”
Koepka will now take a few weeks off as he prepares to play on both the PGA and European Tours in 2015. Heading into the new year, Koepka sits 24th in the current FedEx Cup points standings with 193 points after top 10 finishes at both the Frys.com and Shriners Hospital for Kids Open.
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