Double major winner Brooks Koepka named 2017-18 PGA Tour Player of the YearSporting News — (Bob Hille)
Brooks Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title in June and then won the PGA Championship in August, is the PGA Tour's 2017-18 Player of the Year, the tour announced Tuesday.
Koepka, 28, this year became the fifth player to win both of those majors in the same season, the first since Tiger Woods in 2000.
"It's incredible ... You look at the guys that have won this, Player of the Year, and it's just incredible to have my name with them," Koepka told ESPN. "It's been a roller-coaster year, being on the sidelines for four months and then to come out and win two majors. It's been a low and then an incredible high, so it's truly an honor."
Koepka — the first player to successfully defend a U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange in 1989 — was selected over a group of finalists that included Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau.
Johnson tweeted his congratulations to Koepka after he won the award, noteworthy given a reported altercation involving the Team USA teammates at the Ryder Cup. "Great season, bro," Johnson said, in part.
As if to reinforce that they're on good terms, the pair taped a short, lighthearted video for the PGA Tour, in which Johnson points to the Jack Nicklaus Trophy and says, "You know, I've got one of these, too," and Koepka responds, "Yeah? Well, this bad boy's mine."
Coming off a wrist injury that sidelined him for four months, Koepka finished ninth in the FedEx Cup standings, a career best. In addition to his major victories, he had second-place finishes at the WGC-HSBC Champions and Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial. He earned just more than $7 million this season.
PGA Tour players who competed in at least 15 FedEx Cup events in the 2017-18 season were eligible to vote on the award.