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US Open, PGA winner Koepka voted PGA Tour Player of Year

AFP  |  Miami 

Brooks Koepka, this year's and winner, was announced as the US of the Year, having won a vote by tour players.

The 28-year-old American captured the Jack Nicklaus Trophy after a historic 2017-18 campaign that saw him defend his crown by winning at Shinnecock and then deny a 15th major title by holding off a final-round rally in August at Bellerive.

Koepka, who missed nearly four months in early 2018 with a left wrist injury, also managed four other top-10 efforts in the season, including second-place finishes at the WGC Champions and at Colonial.

"Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships," said

"These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season."

Other finalists for the award included Englishman Justin Rose, champion of and Americans Dustin Johnson, and

Koepka became the since in 1988-89 to win back-to-back titles, then took his third major crown at the 100th with a tournament-record 16-under 264 for 72 holes.

Koepka became only the fifth to win and PGA in the same season and the fifth American since 1945 to win three majors before turning 29.

His season-low round of 63 came four times in 17 starts, including the lowest final-round in Players Championship history.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 09:50 IST