2. Koepka’s path to the PGA TOUR and ultimately a major victory wasn’t a straight line – which should give hope to all players battling away on different tours around the world. The American plied his trade on the European Challenge Tour, where he won four times before jumping up to the main European Tour. He won events in Spain, Scotland, Italy and Turkey before earning his first PGA TOUR victory at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. He’s also won in Japan after claiming last year’s Dunlop Phoenix. His game truly does travel.
He started to shift back to the States during the 2013-14 season, when he was able to accumulate enough non-member FedExCup points for 2014-15. He finished 24th in the FedExCup after winning in Phoenix, and was 35th last season. Now he has extended his TOUR status another five years with the U.S. Open win. So to all those players battling away on the Web.com Tour or the MacKenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada or PGA TOUR Latinoamerica or over in Europe, Asia or Australia… there is always much hope. A major championship could well be in the future.