Brooks Koepka holding trophy

1.10.20

Mr. Major: 7 Eye-Popping Koepka Stats From 2019

by Steve Pease

Dominant doesn’t begin to encapsulate Brooks Koepka’s 2019 major championship season. When taking into consideration stats shared by 15th Club, a sports analytics consultancy, it’s all but proven that the 29-year-old assembled one of the best major championship seasons ever. While his PGA Tour compatriots gave the Player of the Year edge to the worthy play of Rory McIlroy, it’s interesting the Golf Writers Association of America did give the nod to Koepka for the second year in a row. Both played absolutely amazing golf in 2019, but here are seven eye-popping stats that might show how good of a season BK had.

  1. The last man standing between Tiger Woods and the Green Jacket on Sunday at the Masters was Brooks Koepka, who finished tied for second. At the time Koepka was a combined 55-under-par in majors since the 2016 PGA Championship began, 15 shots better than any other player in that span (Rickie Fowler, -40).
  2. At the PGA Championship, Koepka became the first player to hold two back-to-back major championships at the same time (2017-18 U.S. Open, 2018-19 PGA). He is also the only player in history to win both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship back-to-back in a career.
  3. Koepka’s opening 36 holes at Bethpage were historic: his score of 128 was the lowest ever through two rounds in men’s major championship history. His seven-shot lead through 36 holes was the largest in a major championship in nearly eighty years. His 63 wasn’t bad, either.
  4. Koepka’s win that week was his fourth victory in eight major championship starts. In men’s golf history, Koepka joined Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger as the only players to accomplish that feat.
  5. At Pebble, Koepka became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2005 to finish either first or second in each of a season’s first three majors. He nearly accomplished a feat no player in the modern era has – finishing either first or second in all four major championships that season.
  6. Brooks didn’t quite pull off the ‘three-peat’ at the U.S. Open, but will have another chance to do it this spring at the PGA Championship. The last player to win any major three consecutive years was Peter Thomson at The British Open in 1954, 1955 and 1956.
  7. Koepka would finish tied for fourth at Royal Portrush, becoming just the fourth player in the modern era to finish fourth or better in every major in a season. He joined Jordan Spieth (2015), Woods (2005) and Nicklaus (1973) in that exclusive group.

For more in-depth analytics, be sure to read Justin Ray’s blog at 15th Club.