Brooks Koepka of the USA fired a closing round of 64 to win the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges by four shots from his countryman Gary Woodland.
Brooks Koepka Becomes World Number One With CJ Cup Win
PGA Tour player of the year Brooks Koepka held off the challenge of Gary Woodland to win his 12th professional tournament.
He closed the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on 21-under-par.
Koepka began the final round in South Korea four clear and he finished with the same cushion. Woodland pushed hard and pulled level after six birdies in the space of seven holes on the front nine.
The back nine saw quite a duel between the pair, but it was Koepka who came out on top – he came home in just 29 strokes to pull clear and prove that he is one of the grittiest final round players in world golf right now.
“I always felt like I was in control, I felt like I was playing good and I felt like he played a great round, but I always felt like I was in control, which is a good feeling,” Koepka said.
“I’ve gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where it’s incredible every time I tee it up I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not,” he said.
Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello enjoyed a good week. He fired a closing 65 to end the tournament in a tie for third place.
Ryan Palmer climbed the board with a 62 to also finish in that tie for third with Jason Day and Scott Piercy tied for fifth.
The PGA Tour remains in Asia this week as the circuit moves on to the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International.
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The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea
Purse: €9,500,000 Par: 72
1 Brooks Koepka (USA) 71 65 67 64 267 $1,710,000
2 Gary Woodland (USA) 73 67 68 63 271 $1,026,000
T3 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 73 70 65 65 273 $551,000
T3 Ryan Palmer (USA) 72 70 69 62 273 $551,000
T5 Jason Day (Aus) 73 71 65 67 276 $361,000
T5 Scott Piercy (Aus) 70 65 72 69 276 $361,000
T7 Pat Perez (USA) 72 68 68 69 277 $296,083
T7 Chez Reavie (USA) 68 70 70 69 277 $296,083
T7 Cameron Smith (Aus) 74 67 67 69 277 $296,083
T10 Adam Hadwin (Can) 71 71 72 64 278 $228,000
T10 Ian Poulter (Eng) 70 69 68 71 278 $228,000
T10 Adam Scott (Aus) 75 69 71 63 278 $228,000
T10 J.J. Spaun (USA) 71 70 69 68 278 $228,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage