25 Things You Didn’t Know About Brooks Koepka

Get to know the five-time Major winner and LIV Golf player a little better

Brooks Koepka of Smash GC celebrates winning on the 18th green, the third playoff hole, during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Jeddah at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on October 16, 2022 in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
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Brooks Koepka Bio
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Full nameBrooks Koepka
Date of birthMay 3 1990
BornWest Palm Beach, Florida
ResidesJupiter, Florida
SpouseJena Sims
CollegeFlorida State University
Turned pro2012
PGA Tour wins9
DP World Tour wins7
Major wins5
Career high world ranking1st
Current tour(s)LIV Golf
CaddieRicky Elliott
SponsorsNike, Srixon, Rolex, Michelob Ultra, Netjets

Brooks Koepka catapulted to the top of the game thanks to four Major wins in the space of three years between 2017 and 2019, winning twice at the US Open and twice at the PGA Championship. He won the PGA Championship once again in 2023, becoming the 20th player in history to win five Majors. 

The Floridian began his career in Europe before finding success at home on the PGA Tour, winning nine times, and then becoming one of the biggest names to join LIV Golf in 2022 on a deal reportedly worth around $100m.

Get to know Brooks Koepka better with these facts...

Brooks Koepka facts:

1. Brooks Koepka was born on 3 May 1990 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

2. Koepka started playing golf when he was 10 years old following a car crash that left him with facial injuries meant he was banned from playing contact sports.

3. He won three events whilst at Florida State University and became a three-time All American.

4. Koepka's wife Jena Sims, who is often seen celebrating with him after victories is an actress who has been in films alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas. She also runs an award-winning non-profit organization called Pageant of Hope. Jena has a big social media presence with over 280,000 Instagram followers.

brooks koepka with jena sims

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5. Brooks has a brother called Chase who is also a touring professional. Chase has played on the European and Challenge Tours, and most recently was on the same LIV Golf team with Brooks. After a difficult 2023 season, Chase was relegated from the Smash GC team.

6. Koepka’s great-uncle Dick Groat played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, won two World Series and was the 1960 National League MVP.

7. Only two active golfers have more Major wins than Koepka - Phil Mickelson (six) and Tiger Woods (15). 

8. His CJ Cup victory in October 2018 was his 12th professional victory and lifted him to World No.1.

9. Koepka is only the fifth player in history to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year. The others were Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

10. He is the 20th player to win two Majors in the same year.

11. Koepka was Rookie of the Year on the European Tour in 2014 and on the PGA Tour in 2015 – he won the Phoenix Open that year and finished 10th in the Open Championship.

12. After having no club contract for a long time following Nike's departure from the equipment sphere, Koepka signed with Srixon in 2021. It was a deal that saw him put a Srixon driver, Srixon irons, Cleveland wedges, and Srixon ball into play as well as a Srixon Staff Bag. He is still sponsored by Nike for his apparel.

13. In his 2018 US Open victory, Koepka shot a five-over 75 in the first round at Shinnecock Hills. The last person to shoot five-over or worse in the US Open and win was Raymond Floyd in 1986, also at Shinnecock Hills.

Brooks Koepka with the 2018 US Open trophy.

Brooks Koepka with the 2018 US Open trophy

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14. He was the 23rd man to reach the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

15. Aside from Tiger Woods, he is the first golfer to win in his first start of a new season after winning the PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

16. His favorite sports teams are the Florida Panthers, Manchester United, the Los Angeles Lakers and Green Bay Packers.

17. He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season and also won the PGA Player of the Year award in 2018 and 2019.

Koepka with the Jack Nicklaus trophy and three of his Major trophies in 2018

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18. In his third professional victory, the 2013 Fred Olsen Challenge de España on the Challenge Tour, he set the tournament record and won by 10 strokes.

19. Having said some golfers would "sell out" and join LIV Golf in February 2022, Koepka joined LIV himself just four months later in June. He signed for a reported fee of more than $100m and went on to win the LIV Golf Jeddah Invitational in October.

20. He has won over $50m across his career according to Sportrac, with nine PGA Tour wins including his five Major titles.

21. Koepka was the first golfer to ever win back-to-back Majors at the same time, by defending the US Open and also the PGA Championship.

22. He averaged 306.8 yards in driving distance during the 2023 LIV Golf season. He averaged 310.7 yards in his last full season on the PGA Tour in 2021, 12th best on tour at the time.

23. Koepka’s caddie is Ricky Elliott, who is originally from Portrush in Northern Ireland. Before joining Koepka in 2013, Elliott caddied for Maarten Lafeber, Ben Curtis and Matt Fitzpatrick.

24. Koepka appeared in the second episode of Netflix docuseries, Full Swing, which premiered in February 2023. In the series, Koepka opened up on his mental and injury struggles during his win drought following his fourth Major victory.

25. His hobbies include jet skiing, fishing and paddleboarding.

How far does Brooks Koepka hit the ball?

During his time on the PGA Tour, Koepka was one of the best drivers on tour, averaging 310.7 yards in his last full season in 2021. At LIV Golf, he averaged 306.8 yards in the 2023 season.

Brooks Koepka career earnings

Koepka has won over $50m across his career, according to Sportrac. He has made just over $43m with the PGA Tour, thanks to nine wins including five Majors.

How much did LIV Golf pay Brooks Koepka?

Koepka signed a deal reportedly worth around $100 million when he joined LIV Golf in 2022. 

Who is Brooks Koepka’s wife? 

Koepka’s wife is actress Jena Sims. She is often seen celebrating with him after victories. She also featured heavily alongside Brooks in the Netflix docuseries Full Swing. The couple welcomed their first child, Crew, in 2023.

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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer

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