Jeju Island, South Korea – Brooks Koepka closed out the CJ Cup in grand style with a 29 on the inward side to finish off the field at Nine Bridges. His 8 under par 64 final round (21 under par total) capped off his third win of 2018 and put an exclamation to his Player of the Year award (he received just last week from Jack Nicklaus). With the win, Koepka has now taken over the revolving door otherwise known as World’s No.1 ranked player – supplanting fellow Jupiter resident Dustin Johnson.
Early on Sunday, the lead seemed up for grabs with Gary Woodland challenging Koepka. Woodland kept applying the pressure, tying Koepka again after a birdie on the sixteenth, but Koepka put the hammer down and took control. Brooks was making a mess of the sixteenth, but then chipped in for birdie, a huge momentum shift as Woodland missed a par putt on the seventeenth. Game Over. Woodland’s 63 was good enough for solo 2nd and 17 under par finish.
Ryan Palmer and Rafa Cabrera Bello finished tied for 3rd at -15.
For Brooks Koepka, the win was his fifth PGA Tour victory and twelfth worldwide. It was his third title in his last eleven starts, enough to bring him the World No.1 ranking. “To be No.1 is something I’ve dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said. “I don’t think this one is going to sink in. I’m so excited right now, you have no idea, I just can’t wait to go play again.”
Next up for Koepka is the HSBC Champions in China.