Brooks Koepka was proclaimed champion of the PGA Championship this Sunday at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York (USA). A sporting success that entails, financially, the most succulent check for a total amount of 17.5 million dollars (16 euros), an increase of 2.5 compared to last year and the historical record of the tournament.
Brooks Koepka, prize
The American is awarded 3.1 million (2.9 euros) with his first place, the best pay that a major winner has received in all history, equaled with that of Matt Fitzpatrick at the US Open last year. They are not bad either, although it is his most discreet pay of the season so far, the 37,625 (almost 35,000 euros) that fatten Jon Rahm’s checking account with his 50th place.
But perhaps the one who leaves Oak Hill happiest, financially, mainly because he is not used to receiving this kind of remuneration, is Michael Block, the best this time among the PGA professionals who compete in the tournament every year.
Block, who was the only one in his category to make the cut, and came second on Friday, finished in a remarkable 15th position, which will bring him $288,333 (266,000 euros). He played golf at Florida State University in Tallahassee and, as an amateur, won three tournaments and was a three-time All-America.
He went on to qualify for the U.S. Open 2012, where however he did not pass the cut. In the same summer he turned professional, participating in the Challenge Tour. He won his first title at the Challenge de Catalunya, while in the following season he won the Montecchia Open and triumphed at the Challenge de España, where he set the record score of the competition, 260 (-24) , winning by as many as 10 strokes.
Three weeks later, with victory in the Scottish Challenge, he earned a chance to contest the European Tour for the rest of 2013 and into 2014. In this year he won the Turkish Airlines Open and finished third at the Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega European Masters.
Finishing eighth in the Race to Dubai standings, he was named “Rookie of the Year”. In 2015 also comes the first title on the PGA Tour, the Phoenix Open. At the Open Championship he finishes tenth and at the PGA Championship he finishes fifth.
At the end of the season he renounces to participate in the European Tour. At the U.S. Open 2017 wins his first Major, scoring a -16 and thus equaling Rory McIlroy’s 2011 tournament record. In the following year, despite an operation suffered on his wrist and the consequent withdrawal from the Masters, he manages to successfully defend the title of the U.S.
Open (no one had succeeded since Curtis Strange in 1989) and won the third Major, the PGA Championship. Thanks to the victory of the CJ Cup he reaches the first position of the world ranking. In May 2019 he triumphs again at the PGA Championship, a result that allows him to regain the primacy in the ranking, which he then maintained for 38 consecutive weeks.
In this year he also won his first competition of the World Golf Championships, the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. For the second consecutive year he was named “player of the year” by the PGA of America. Qualified for the 2019 Presidents Cup, he was forced to retire due to a knee injury which also affects him in the 2020 season.
In February 2021 he returned to success at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where on the last day he came back five strokes behind with a score of 65, 6 strokes under par. On May 21, 2023, he won his third career PGA Championship, becoming the fifth player to win five Majors.
Source: Tennis World USA