Placing the Achievements of Brooks Koepka in History
Brooks Koepka won his third major title in 14 months at the PGA on Sunday. He fought off the formidable challenge of playing partner Adam Scott and a resurgent Tiger Woods, who ultimately finished second. It places the 28-year-old American in rare company, joining greats of the game with achievements that have been etched in a remarkably quick period.
Considering his quiet nature and the rapid speed of these victories, it may take a little time to truly quantify the significance of what he has done, but we have delved into the record books to get a sense of where he sits after adding the Wanamaker Trophy alongside the US Open that he has secured in consecutive years.
- Joins Byron Nelson, Ralph Guldahl, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as American golfers who won at least three majors before the of 29 in the Masters Era of Golf - 1934 onwards.
- Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy also made that similar fast start to their career in the majors.
Additionally, Koepka joins Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year. Each of those players secured the career Grand Slam.
When it comes to winning any two majors in a calendar year, Koepka sits alongside these names.
2015: Jordan Spieth (Masters, US Open)
2014: Rory McIlroy (Open, PGA)
2008: Padraig Harrington (Open, PGA)
2006: Tiger Woods (Open, PGA)
2005: Tiger Woods (Masters, Open)
2002: Tiger Woods (Masters, US Open)
2000: Tiger Woods (US Open, Open, PGA)
1998: Mark O'Meara (Masters, Open)
1994: Nick Price (Open, PGA)
1990: Nick Faldo (Masters, Open)
1982: Tom Watson (US Open, Open)
1980: Jack Nicklaus (US Open, PGA)
1977: Tom Watson (Masters, Open)
1975: Jack Nicklaus (Masters, PGA)
1974: Gary Player (Masters, Open)
1972: Jack Nicklaus (Masters, US Open)
1971: Lee Trevino (US Open, Open)
1966: Jack Nicklaus (Masters, Open)
1963: Jack Nicklaus (Masters, PGA)
1962: Arnold Palmer (Masters, Open)
1960: Arnold Palmer (Masters, US Open)
1956: Jack Burke, Jr. (Masters, PGA)
1953: Ben Hogan, (Masters, US Open, Open)
1951: Ben Hogan (Masters, US Open)
1949: Sam Snead (Masters, PGA)
1948: Ben Hogan (US Open, PGA)
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