Brooks Koepka wins Rookie of the Year award

Brooks Koepka has won the 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year award

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Brooks Koepka will be looking to replicate the form that saw him win the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open
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Brooks Koepka has made it back-to-back wins for America by suceeding countryman Peter Uihlein in winning the Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the Year award.

Brooks Koepka has emulated the achievement of housemate and fellow American Peter Uihlein after being named the 2014 Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the Year.

Brooks Koepka finished 8th in The European Tour's Race to Dubai standings thanks to his breakthrough win at the Turkish Airlines Open in November, and four other top-10 finishes.

Brooks Koepka's main competition for 50th running of the prize was Tyrell Hatton. The Englishman's T6th finish in the DP World Tour Championship saw him finish his debut campaign 36th in The Race to Dubai standings.

The award caps off a brilliant two years for Kopeka, who followed Peter Uihlein across the Atlantic  to join the European Challenge Tour in 2012.

Following his breakthrough win on the Challenge Tour in 2012, Brooks Koepka claimed a trio of titles in 2013 to earn automatic promotion for 2014, joining Peter Uihlein who had secured his own status after winning the 2013 Madeira Islands Open.

Brooks Koepka's 2014 started well with a share of 3rd in the Dubai Desert Classic, before he impressed in the Majors finishing T4th in the US Open and T15th in the US PGA Championship.

He followed that with T3rd at the European Masters in Switzerland, and T9th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, before holding off Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter in Turkey for his maiden European Tour win.

Speaking to the European Tour, Brooks Koepka said: “Winning the Rookie of the Year means so much. I've worked so hard this year, and to see the results is fun.

"To cap the year off with a win in Turkey, has made this year special, and it's a goal I've been working for since I was able to come out on Tour, and that was the goal starting the year.

“Looking back where I was two years ago, and then where I am today is special.  So to win Turkey and win Rookie of the Year is amazing.

“Coming over, having nowhere to play and getting a win on The Challenge Tour, and then getting the promotion, was unbelievable.  And now to win on The European Tour is special, and to win Rookie of the Year, you look at all the names, guys who have won it, especially last year; Pete Uihlein, so at least we can keep it in the house.”

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