Brooks Koepka voted 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year
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Brooks Koepka voted 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year

Brooks Koepka is the PGA Tour Player of the Year winner. In a vote of his peers, Koepka won the honor after winning two majors, including the US Open and the PGA Championship.

With his win at Shinnecock Hills in June, Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 to win back-to-back US Open titles.

Then in August, Koepka held off a charging, crowd-favored Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri. Adding in his 2017 US Open, Koepka has three major championships, bringing him two majors behind Phil Mickelson for tying the second-most majors among active players (Tiger Woods, 14).

Koepka finished the FedEx Cup race at ninth in points, fired 13 of 16 FedEx Cup playoff rounds in the 60s and earned a spot on the US Ryder Cup team. He also missed several months of the season, having surgery to repair a tendon problem in his hand. Koepka had originally intended to return at the Masters but was unable.

The other nominees for the honor, for which voting ending Oct. 1, were Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas. However, Koepka didn't stuff the ballot box to help himself. Speaking on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Tuesday, Koepka said he didn't vote for himself for the award. In fact, he didn't vote at all.

Koepka had also already won the points-based PGA of America Player of the Year award as well. He's the fourth-consecutive player with a six-letter first name to win the awards.

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