Koepka earns promotion with third Challenge win


Peter Uihlein isn’t the only young American who is making noise overseas.

His roommate, Brooks Koepka, on Sunday won for the third time on the European Challenge Tour, earning an immediate promotion to the European Tour for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

Koepka, 23 and a former All-American at Florida State, became the second quickest player (and first American) to win three times in a season on the Challenge Tour – Europe’s equivalent of the Web.com circuit – accomplishing the feat in only 10 starts this year. It was his fourth win overall in just 20 Challenge Tour appearances. 

Playing in Aviemore, Scotland, Koepka started slowly with an opening 70 but followed with rounds of 66-62-68 to win by three shots over 2009 U.S. Amateur champion Byeong-hun An.

Koepka has now earned nearly $160,000 this season and is projected to move inside the top 150 in the world rankings. 

Like Uihlein, also 23, Koepka took the unusual route of heading overseas to ply his craft. Many young Americans tend to stay home and work their way to the big tour via sponsor exemptions, mini tours or Monday qualifiers. These two players, who also happen to share a home together in South Florida, opted to head to Europe, learning how to travel, compete against global talent in different conditions and, of course, win tournaments.