Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Brooks Koepka named PGA Tour Player of the Year

Brooks Koepka named PGA Tour Player of the Year

Dustin Johnson sent a congratulatory message to Brooks Koepka after he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year, despite the pair being involved in an altercation at the Ryder Cup.

After Koepka was voted the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers, the Tour shared a video on social media that featured Johnson congratulating Koepka.

"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. He missed the first major of the year but still managed to win two of the last three majors of the year.

Koepka, who overcame a serious wrist injury prior to the season, won his second straight US Open title in June then won the PGA Championship in August. It's all particularly impressive given Koepka missed almost three months of action, including the 2018 Masters, while recovering from a wrist injury.

He made his return at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, before becoming the seventh player in US Open history (and first since 1989) to successfully defend their title a month later in his fifth start back at Shinnecock Hills. He was also the runner-up at both the Fort Worth Invitational and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

"These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season". World number one Johnson was third followed by England's Justin Rose, victor of the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff crown.

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