Koepka wins Euro Tour Rookie of the Year award


The European Tour Rookie of the Year award is staying in South Florida.  

A year after his roommate Peter Uihlein was named the top rookie on the European circuit, rising star Brooks Koepka received the same honor on Tuesday.

Koepka, who finished eighth in the season-long Race to Dubai, won the Turkish Airlines Open and recorded four other top-10 finishes. He was voted ahead of Tyrell Hatton of England.

Like Uihlein, Koepka headed to Europe following a stellar college career and failed attempt at Q-School. The former Florida State standout won three times on the Challenge Tour – Europe’s equivalent to the Web.com circuit – and earned an automatic promotion to the European Tour. 

“Winning the Rookie of the Year means so much,” he said 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.”

Now inside the top 50 in the world rankings, Koepka, 24, intends to play both tours next season.