A little over a year ago Brooks Keopka had no status on any professional tour. Playing on the European Challenge tour (The European Tour's minor leagues or version of the Web.com Tour) Koepka started to turn some heads and win some events. He quickly gained access to the European Tour through his wins on the Challenge Tour where he continued to play impressive golf. Spending most of his time in Europe, he would play the occasional PGA Tour event via sponsors excemptions including his third place finish at this year's Frys.com Open.
Fast forward one year and the Wellington native and current Palm Beach Gardens is now a full-fledged member of the PGA Tour. He earned special temporary membership a few weeks ago as a result of finishing high enough in his limited PGA Tour starts to earn enough points to gain limited status. Then he went out and qualified for this year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst via a qualifier in England.
Koepka made the most of his opportunity, finishing in a tie for fourth at last week's U.S. Open. The high finish earned him enough FedEx Cup points to not only secure his card for the rest of this season but all of the 2014-2015 season as well. In addition, his finish gave him an automatic qualification for this year's PGA Championship and next season's Masters and U.S. Open. It will be his first ever trip to Augusta National. Not bad for a guy who had no professional tour affiliation not too long ago.
“To think that now I’ve got my PGA Tour card, it’s incredible,” said Koepka, 24. “It’s a big accomplishment, and something I can be very proud of.”
Koepka will compete in this week's Travelers Championship making it his first PGA Tour event as a full fledged member. He will now look to secure his first win on Tour and get himself a spot in the season ending FedEx Cup playoffs.