Oct 22nd, 2018
Brookes Koepka wins CJ Cup
And with it World No 1 ranking
Brooks Koepka won the CJ Cup at Jeju Island in South Korea and with it the World No.1 ranking for the first time ever.
He beat Gary Woodland by four shots to claim his third victory of the year, to add to his two major victories at the US Open and the USPGA.
“To be world No.1 is something I dreamed of as a kid and I don’t think this one’s going to sink in yet,” he said. “Everything I’ve done this year it’s been working. So I don’t want to change anything. Just keep improving. I’m so excited right now, you have no idea. I can’t wait to go play again.”
Koepka started the day with a three-shot lead, but Gary Woodland was on fire, and had six birdies in just seven holes on the front nine to share the lead with Koepka.
Woodland kept the pressure on with a further four birdies in his next seven holes, but he bogeyed the par-three 17th. A final birdie on the 18th took him to nine-under 63, and 17 under, but it was not going to be enough.
Koepka chipped in from 70-feet for birdie at the 16th and then holed a 25ft eagle putt on the 18th to post a round of 64 for a 21-under total, and what was ultimately a comfortable four shot win.
Ryan Palmer shot a course-record 62 to finish in a tie for third place with Rafa Cabrera Bello.