Brooks Koepka: Everything You Need to Know

Things are looking pretty good for professional golfer Brooks Koepka.

The number one-ranked golfer is the two-time defending US Open champion, winner of the 2018 PGA Championship and he just sealed a victory in the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

His two PGA Tour wins in 2019 bring his total to seven in his young career.

Get to know Brooks Koepka

Find out more about the golfing superstar—including his girlfriend, family life, career achievements and net worth.

How old is Brooks Koepka?

He was born May 3, 1990 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Koepka is 29 years old.

Does he play golf right-handed or left-handed?

Koepka swings his golf club from the right side.

How tall is Brooks Koepka? How much does he weigh?

The 2019 PGA winner stands 6’ 0” tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has weighed as much as 212 in previous years.

Brooks Koepka image

What ethnicity is Brooks Koepka?

Koepka’s nationality is American. The family name originates from Eastern Europe (Poland or Germany) and is pronounced KEP-kuh.

What led him to become interested in golf growing up?

When Brooks was 10 years old he was injured in an automobile accident. His babysitter’s car was struck at an intersection. Koepka fractured his nose and sinus cavity, causing him to avoid contact sports until he healed. He found the perfect outlet in golf.

Where did Brooks Koepka attend high school?

Koepka graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Where did he attend college?

He played college golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, earning All-American honors three times. He was also named ACC Golfer of the Year twice.

Koepka owns the FSU school record for career stroke average at 71.85 and single-season stroke average at 71.09.

Who are Koepka’s parents?

His mother is Denise Jakows and his father is Bob Koepka.

Does Brooks Koepka have a brother?

Brooks’ younger brother Chase plays golf professionally too, mostly in the Challenge Tour.

The two brothers teamed up for the 2017 Zurich Classic, tying for fifth place. In April of 2019 the brothers tied for 22nd place in the New Orleans tournament.

Who is Brooks Koepka’s girlfriend at ESPYS?

All eyes were on Brooks Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims at the 2019 ESPYS award ceremony. Photos of the former Miss Georgia Teen USA blew up the internet with her revealing outfits at the event.

The couple have been dating since they met at the 2015 Masters.

Sims is a burgeoning actress with roles in the movie Sharknado 5 and in an episode of HBO’s hit show Entourage.

Where does Koepka live?

He lives in the golf mecca of Jupiter, Florida. The Palm Beach County city is known as “Golf’s Hot Spot” because of the many professional golfers who reside there.

The pros with residences in Jupiter include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. Hall of Fame golfers in the neighborhood include Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Ernie Els and Nick Price.

Brooks Koepka’s weight loss: How many pounds did he lose?

The muscular golfer stated he lost 22 pounds, from his 2018 high of 212 pounds to his current weight of 190 pounds. He achieved the significant weight reduction through calorie restriction and backing off his body building regimen.

Fun facts about Brooks Koepka

1.) Koepka’s great uncle is Dick Groat, a Major League Baseball legend. Groat played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ‘50s and ‘60s. He was named National League MVP in 1960.

2.) Brooks was an early achiever at golf. By the sixth grade, he had already made the high school golf team.

3.) Golfing blood runs in the Koepka family. Brooks’ father Bob held the club championship for five years running at Sherbrooke Golf and Country Club in Lake Worth, FL—until he was beaten by his 13-year-old son Brooks! Younger brother Chase is also a professional golfer.

4.) Koepka practices at The Floridian (National Golf Club) with fellow pros Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Johnson’s encouraging words and advice helped Koepka win the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in 2017.

Video: Watch Brooks Koepka take on 10-year-old girl in golf challenge

Brooks Koepka’s professional golf career achievements and highlights

What is his PGA Tour World Ranking?

Koepka ranks 1st among all professional golfers.

When did he turn pro?

The golfing star turned pro in 2012.

What is his record with the USA Ryder Cup team?

In 2016 Koepka went 3-1-0 in his first Ryder Cup, helping the U.S. beat Europe at Hazeltine National. He finished 1-2-1 at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, France.

How many majors has he played in? What majors has he won?

Koepka has played in eight majors, racking up four wins so far:

1.) 2017 U.S. Open

2.) 2018 U.S. Open

3.) PGA Championship 2018

4.) 2019 PGA Championship

How many PGA Tour wins does he have?

Koepka has seven PGA Tour wins, including the just-completed 2019 World Golf Championship title.

What’s in the bag #WITB? What brand golf clubs does Koepka use?

When it comes to golf clubs, Koepka likes to mix it up. No single brand dominates his competitive arsenal. You’ll find Mizuno or Nike Vapor irons mixed in with Titleist wedges and putter in his bag. For woods, the star golfer prefers TaylorMade.

Who is Koepka’s caddy?

His caddy is Ricky Elliott. The former mini-tour player and teaching pro from Northern Ireland joined Koepka in 2013 for the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Previously Elliott caddied for Ben Curtis for three seasons.

What national teams has he played on?

Koepka has played on the 2016 and 2018 Ryder Cup teams and the 2017 Presidents Cup team.

Video: Watch highlights from Koepka’s win at WGC-FedEx St. Jude 2019

Sources of Brooks Koepka’s wealth and income

What is Brooks Koepka’s net worth?

The #1-ranked professional golfer has a net worth of $18 million according to celebritynetworth.com

What are Koepka’s endorsement deals?

Brooks Koepka’s rising star hasn’t gone unnoticed among corporations seeking endorsement deals. The star golfer signed major deals with Nike and Michelob Ultra.

He has other deals inked with Paylocity, Infor CloudSuites, Rolex and Netjets.

Curiously, he doesn’t have a sponsorship deal for his golf equipment. Potential suitors will have to be willing to part with an estimated $3 to $7 million dollars per year to gain endorsement rights to his gear, according to golf.com.

What are his total winnings in professional golf?

According to pgatour.com statistics, Koepka has earned $30.2 million to date, ranking 35th in career earnings among professional golfers. Tiger Woods holds the number one spot with over $118.6 million in prize money.

Find Brooks Koepka on social media

Follow Brooks Koepka on all his social media sites and his personal website.

Instagram:

The official Brooks Koepka Instagram page can be found at @bkoepka

Twitter:

Follow all of the golf superstar’s tweets at @BKoepka

Facebook:

Keep track of the latest news and announcements on Facebook at @BKoepka

Brooks Koepka official website:

Find out information about Brooks Koepka’s upcoming schedule, sponsorships and other news at brookskoepka.com. Koepka introduced his new logo on the site in July of 2019.

Brooks Koepka quotes and sayings

These last few years have been unbelievable. It’s been an incredible run, every time I come second I’m learning something, watching the guy who wins if I’m playing with him, or trying to figure out how I handle shots under pressure.

I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy.

If I could do it over again, I’d play baseball — 100 percent, no doubt.

I’ve been playing so well as of late and everything just kind of comes if you let it happen and stay patient.

You always feel like you’ve got something to prove, whether it be to yourself or somebody else. I can think of plenty of people along the way telling me I’ll be nothing, working at McDonald’s, doing things like that. The whole time, you’re just trying to prove them wrong.

On Putting and Golf

I hit a good putt, it just dove right across the front, sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.

My whole life, I grew up watching Tiger Woods. If I tuned in to a golf tournament, that’s who I watched.

I feel like if you outwork everybody, you’re giving yourself the best opportunity every time you go into an event. You want to outwork everybody, and you want to beat everybody. Put in the work, and the results will come.

I always try to find something where I feel like I’m kind of the underdog and kind of put that little chip on my shoulder.

You start comparing yourself to other people, you end up trying to be that person. You’ve got to be your own person, do it your own way. [And] You can be motivated by somebody, but you don’t have to take after them.

I think I’m more focused than anybody out there. Guys make the mistake of trying to figure out, when they get to a major, what’s going on, what’s different. It’s not. It’s just focus. It’s grind it out, suck it up, and move on.

On Working Out

In an average day, I’m spending about four to five hours just on my body. I think any professional athlete has to (take care of their body)… Whenever someone says that increased strength makes you less flexible, I always point out gymnasts. They’re all incredibly strong, and obviously extremely flexible. It’s all about how you take care of your body.

The Mental Game

I feel great. I’m excited. [And] I’ve got a chance. That’s all you can ask for, I just need to make a few putts. Sometimes the hole just needs to open up. If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, have that feeling where the holes opening up, it could be a fun round.

I feel like I actually do have a voice, and it will be heard. I can do that now, where when you’ve won once on the PGA Tour, you can’t really say the thing you want to say.

I’m not always smiling when I’m on the golf course. Sometimes, hey, listen, people have regular jobs. You go to them when they’re working, and you catch them not in the best moment either. So I understand how people could perceive me. But come get to know me, and I’m totally a different person.

I think I’ve changed a lot since then, I was chasing, trying to get my tour card out here, and there’s a big difference where I am mentally and where my game was at and where I it is now. The confidence level last year, I was a bit of a hothead. I only had seven spots to really get my card over here, so every shot everything it was super important for me.

Anytime you can get some congratulatory—anything said or the guys waiting around the green—that’s always nice. You’re out here so many weeks a year, and sometimes away from your family, and the tour kind of becomes your family. So when you have these guys hanging around, it’s special.

On his time golfing in Europe before earning a PGA Tour card:

I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, ‘Hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere.’ I built a lot of confidence off that.

He just tells me where to hit it and I go from there, the game plan’s pretty concrete. It’s actually quite easy. I really don’t have to do much thinking. I just go out there and play.

On seeing his mother’s struggle to beat breast cancer:

It made me figure out that life can go pretty quickly, so enjoy it. Make people laugh, make the best of things. Maybe not take things as seriously.

I’m lucky where I’m physically gifted a lot more than other people and I’m a lot stronger than other guys, mentally, physically.

It was great that Tiger won Augusta but we’re at a new week now, obviously, everybody in New York is cheering for him. You’ve just got to keep battling and find a way through it.

I think sometimes the Majors are the easiest ones to win. There’s 156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I’m just going to beat. You figure about half of them won’t play well from there, so you’re down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just—pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you’ve just got to beat those guys.

When that putt went in on No. 10, that was kind of the momentum that set me, but I never once thought about the course record or anything. I was just trying to shoot the best I could. Simple as that. Just keep going and total them up at the end.

Quotes about Brooks Koepka

No one likes to play for second, but that’s sort of what he’s doing to us. This is a major championship, and everyone is here to win, but there’s only one guy who’s absolutely destroying the place. So I’m sure he’s having a blast, but for the rest of us, he’s making it awfully boring.
Xander Schauffele on Koepka’s play at the PGA Championship

This is Tiger in 2000… it’s an athletic tsunami. He’s doing everything. Nobody has it all. Tiger had it all. Tiger is the only person to have won a major championship by double digits in the last 100 years and he did it twice… and here comes a guy who has played golf over the last three days with nothing missing. Not one component of the game missing. And he’s on the cusp of building a double-digit lead.
Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel analyst

Tiger Woods on Brooks Koepka

At 29, he has got many more years ahead of him where he can do this. He paid his dues. He found a game and a dedication that he needed to play well and he’s doing that.

Brooksy has just got pure power and he’s an athlete. He played other sports and he could have easily been a baseball player. Players like that who come to golf generally hit the ball far because a baseball bat is so much heavier than a golf club.

I texted Brooksie, ‘Congratulations on another great finish’. What he has done in the last four major championships has been just unbelievable. To be so consistent, so solid. He has been in contention to win every one of them.

Bob Koepka, Brooks Koepka’s father, on his son

Let me tell you something, son,” he said. “You’re gonna finish high school. You’re gonna finish college. And maybe after that, if you’re good enough, then you can turn pro.

He’s always been a focused young man in golf. And I think now he’s really taken it to a whole new level.

He understands the sacrifices that everyone has made. Up through his years coming up, taking him to tournaments, getting him lessons and everything. He doesn’t verbalize it alot, but he doesn’t need to. We all know.

Jim Nantz, Golf Announcer

We can’t give the guy a sniff. If we really tell the true story, we want to deal in what’s reality. We may not think it’s interesting enough to make the public follow along, but I’ve gotta do a better job of that. It starts with me. And I think for those of us who cover the sport and who are trying to tell people what the sport’s about, we gotta do a better job at addressing that we have a star right here on our hands.

Poor Brooks Koepka. If I don’t bring up his name right now, you guys are never gonna bring him up. It’s borderline tragic in terms of how you cover a player or subject. He’s having the best run in golf since Tiger in 2000 and 2001. We’re gonna create the story there and it’s just not interesting enough to us to be able to give the guy the time. Forget how much time he exerts and gives to those of us who cover him. I’m not concerned with that. I’m just talking about facts.

In the last 13 major championships that he’s played in, he’s got 11 top-13 finishes. That means he’s been in contention 11 out of 13 majors. That breaks down to eight top-10s, seven top-6s, six top-5s, four top-4s, and three wins and a second. We all know he’s won three of the last seven he’s played in. We haven’t seen anybody that dominant in the game since Tiger in 2000 and 2001.

Trey Jones, FSU Golf Coach

Brooks’ performance was Mike Tyson-like. No nonsense, bring the fight, play to knock out early and take advantages when you can.

His freshman year he finished third in NCAA regionals and gave us a chance. The big stage of that, the NCAA for a freshman, didn’t faze him ever.

He made an 8 footer on the last hole at Riviera in the National Championships one year to get us a chance to get to the match-play portion and finish eighth. I just remember sitting there going ‘Man, I’ve got the right guy on the putter.’

I loved the fist pump at the end because I did several interviews today and everybody who asked me about Brooks had never seen him get excited, they’d never seen him do a hard first pump or anything and there it was. Everybody likes to say ‘he doesn’t care, he doesn’t like golf, he gets bored with it’, well you tell me that when you saw that fist pump.

Other Pros on Brooks Koepka

We’re very competitive on the golf course, in the gym, whatever it is. We’re really good friends. We kind of push each other. So it’s been a lot of fun.
Dustin Johnson, pro golfer

He’s the No. 1 player in the world, four majors in the last three years. He’s the man right now.
Rory McIlroy, pro golfer

I just have a lot of respect for him and his game and how hard he works and the process he went through after he left amateur golf as a pro to make it out here. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him. And he’s playing some remarkable golf.
Phil Mickelson, pro golfer

He just played solid. The best thing about him is that he isn’t very cluttered in the mind. He’s very calm on the course. He has good decision making and you can see that he’s the world No. 1. He gets on the ball and gets on very quickly. I think that’s the best part.
Shubhankar Sharma, Indian pro golfer

Coaches Take

He kept moving the needle. It was plateaus, and when you see success you don’t go from the bottom(directly) to the top. You see people make steps, and it’s a stepping stone.
Warren Bottke, Koepka’s youth swing coach

Brooks is the most under-the-radar three-time major winner of all time.
Claude Harmon, Koepka’s golf coach

Next Steps: Koepka’s next major tournament

Be sure to watch Brooks Koepka in the following upcoming tournaments: The Northern Trust Golf Tournament and the BMW Championship, followed by the PGA Tour Championship in August of 2019.

— Greg Johnson & Mike O’Halloran

Greg writes about football and sports. Mike, the editor and founder of Sports Feel Good Stories, believes that mulligans are a God-given right.

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