Koepka new world number one after Korea win

Ruben Hill
October 24, 2018

Brooks Koepka said his rise to become the top-ranked player in men's golf was the stuff dreams are made of.

Brooks Koepka will officially be crowned the new world number one - the first time he has reached top spot - when the rankings are announced on Monday.

Koepka's 65 has the American four strokes clear of England's Ian Poulter and second-round leader Scott Piercy of the USA.

"I just kind of hang in there, wait for my holes, I know I'm going to have some good looks and when I do, you've got to capitalise on them".

Koepka, behind fellow Ryder Cup players Johnson and Justin Rose at the start of the week, began the day with a three-shot lead but after mixing two birdies with one bogey for his front nine faced pressure from Woodland.

However, he produced a delightful chip that disappeared straight into the cup, and when Woodland dropped a shot at the par-three 17th Koepka was virtually home and dry.

The in-form Koepka, who this year won his second US Open Championship and the US PGA title, shook off some shaky moments early in his final round at the Club at Nine Bridges on the southern resort island of Jeju.

With Woodland trailing by just a shot, Koepka looked to be struggling to make par on 16 when he found himself in tangly rough from off the green.

A motivated and excited Brooks is a scary site for the rest of the PGA Tour, because is "major" Brooks starts playing every week, I could seem Koepka keeping that #1 ranking for a long time. "I'm not somebody that's going to panic if things go the wrong way, pretty sure everybody can tell that". "I unfortunately three-putted the next (par-5 12th)".

Smith, who was third in last year's CJ Cup, recorded a trio of birdies in a bogey-free completion on Saturday which carried him to eight-under and a tie for fourth tournament - a welcome boost after his opening round 74.

Remarkably, considering his hat-trick of the game's biggest titles, this was only Koepka's fifth PGA Tour title.

The last time that happened was in 1997, when Ernie Els, Tom Lehman and Tiger Woods each rose to the top position.

"Everything I've done this year has been working, so I don't want to change anything - just keep improving". He now has won in six countries - the U.S., South Korea, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Scotland. Next week the PGA Tour heads to Shanghai for the final stop on its Asian swing, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

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