Brooks Koepka got his first WGC title on Sunday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and with it came a hefty payout of $4.7 million, which included a $2 million bonus for wrapping up the season-long Wyndham Rewards competition as well as $1 million for securing the Aon Risk Reward Challenge.
Koepka competed with Rory McIlroy in the final pairing Sunday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The No. 1 and No. 3 golfers in the world had all the promise of a super heavyweight fight.
McIlroy, for the moment, was the only player in the top 10 who failed to break par on the afternoon, tying for fourth after a lackluster 71. It was only Koepka who showed up between the two four-time significant winners, with a bogey-free round for his third victory of the season and his second in his last seven starts.
Koepka’s victory on Sunday was his second non-major win of the season and the seventh overall of his PGA Tour career.
At the previous week’s Open Championship at Portrush, McIlroy bombed with an opening-round 79 that included a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole and went on to miss the cut by a stroke.
Everything was running smoothly for the first three days of the week for Mcllroy, and he soared once more to the top of the leader board on the strength of a 62 in the third round.
On Sunday, though, McIlroy missed his birdie from five feet, the ball never touching the hole while on the par-5 third. Things didn’t get any better from there for McIlroy, and he missed the green left and later again hit a woeful wedge.
On the contrary, everything seemed to work well for Koepka who drained a nine-footer for birdie and later made another birdie after hitting his approach tight on the same hole.
Following his victory on Sunday, Koepka has essentially wrapped up Player of the Year honors for a second straight season on tour. Koepka feels that he has been consistent this year, and he is happy about it. He hopes that what is left to be done will go his way.