Perhaps no golfer this side of Tiger Woods has ever instilled fear in the rest of the field on the week of a major quite like Brooks Koepka. He’s called winning majors “easy”… and proved it. Over and over again. He is golf’s great reckoning and one-man major championship wrecking crew. Pressure and playing conditions don’t faze him. But before he became the PGA Tour’s most unflappable competitor, there were signs that Koepka was going to be the next big thing. Take a look back at this Brooks Koepka timeline that documents his rise from prodigal powerhouse to 4-time major champion.
Brooks Takes Europe By Storm
June 14-15, 2012
Making his major championship debut at the U.S. Open as a senior at Florida State, a 22-year-old Brooks Koepka misses the cut after firing in a pair of 77s at the par-70 Olympic Club. He’d officially turn pro that same summer and join the Challenge Tour in Europe.
July 12, 2012
Brooks Koepka makes his professional debut at the Credit Suisse Challenge in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ranked 1,459th in the world at the start of the tournament, Koepka would finish with a T27, bumping him up a few spots to 1,448th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
September 30, 2012
After going 68-67-65, Koepka notches his first professional with at the Challenge de Catalunya by a three-stroke margin. With his win in the three-round tournament, Koepka grabs the winner’s share of €25,600 for his efforts. In less than three months, Koepka has rocketed up more than 1,000 spots in the OWGR, sitting at No. 428 in the world after his win. He’d end his debut season as a pro as the world’s No. 443 golfer.
June 23, 2013
Finishing off a remarkable -18 performance at the Scottish Hydro Challenge, the 23-year-old Koepka collects his fourth Challenge Tour title in just 11 months since turning pro. Koepka had pros clamoring that he was the best golfer to ever come through the Challenge Tour (which includes eventual 2-time major champion and former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer). The win also marked three victories in the span of his last seven starts, putting him at No. 122 in the world. He’d officially secured a promotion to the European Tour. After winning in Scotland, Koepka stated, “this is only the beginning.” Man, he knew.
Click ahead to Page 2 as Brooks makes the jump to the European Tour and cracks the Top 100 in the OWGR.