How US Open champion Brooks Koepka came of age on his European travels | Ewan Murray

The 27-year-old US champion owes much to his days on the European Challenge Tour, plus, of course, his own desire to sample fresh experiences

When standing in a lay-by on the outskirts of Edinburgh in June 2013, Brooks Koepka couldn’t have dreamed that one day he would win the US Open. That is, even if the evidence he produced 24 hours later showed that he had the potential.

Picture the scene. Koepka, a golfer trying to make his name via the Challenge Tour, has just won the Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore. It is his fourth win on that circuit within 10 months, thereby endorsing Koepka’s decision to forge his career in the European Tour’s feeder scene rather than continuing with the comforts of Florida. When he won, he won handsomely.

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