Brooks Koepka’s victory celebration was short-lived. He came down with food poisoning on the flight from Turkey to Dubai and hasn’t been well enough to play a practice round in advance of this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Koepka, who earned his first European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Open, was “incapacitated” for the past two days and has lost 5 ½ pounds since Sunday, according to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis. On Wednesday, he was only able to hit balls at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The culprit? Well, this picture was taken by a Golf Channel producer on Sunday night in Turkey …
“I feel all right right now,” he told Lewis. “Obviously not as good as I’d like to be feeling, but it is what it is. I’ll just get through it and I’ll be fine.”
Koepka’s one-shot victory over Ian Poulter moved him up to No. 35 in the world, earning him spots in all of the 2015 majors and World Golf Championship events.
His life-changing victory has finally begun to sink in. After a standout career at Florida State that included ACC Player of the Year honors, Koepka flunked out of PGA Tour Q-School and headed to Europe. The 24-year-old launched his career on the Challenge Tour – Europe’s equivalent of the Web.com circuit – which is why he won’t abandon the European Tour even now that he’s a full-fledged PGA Tour member.
Koepka plans to begin his 2015 season at the Humana Challenge in the California desert and will play mostly in the States. He expects to play a “couple” of events in Europe that fit into his worldwide schedule.
“This is where I’ve crafted my game,” he said. “It was good for me. I got to get away from everything. When I was over here, this is all I had, just golf and a couple of buddies. …
“I enjoy traveling. It’s good to play in all different types of conditions. I’m looking years down the road, not just for instant satisfaction. I’m looking 5-6 years down the road.”