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Top 125 players will qualify for THE NORTHERN TRUST
Old Westbury, New York – Brooks Koepka made three consecutive birdies on the back nine in a final-round 67 to win the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin by four shots yesterday. The win, the 27-year-old American’s second on the PGA TOUR, earned him 600 FedExCup points and moved him to fifth in the standings. Featuring do-or-die drama as the top 125 players in the FedExCup compete on a world stage, THE NORTHERN TRUST will be played at the prestigious Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, from August 22-27, 2017.
“That's probably the most emotion I've ever showed coming down the stretch,” Koepka said following his win. “I mean, it feels amazing to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names. It's truly an honor.”
Koepka entered the final round one-shot off the lead held by Brian Harman, but tamed a windy day to tie Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open record of 16 under par. In both of Koepka’s wins – his first coming at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open – he came from behind to capture victory, from one back yesterday and from three behind in 2015.
Since joining the PGA TOUR in 2014, Koepka has twice finished the season in the top 125 in the FedExCup, qualifying for THE NORTHERN TRUST. In 2015, he advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship, where he finished 24th in the final FedExCup standings, and last year he advanced to the BMW Championship. His best finish at THE NORTHERN TRUST is a T70, which he recorded last year at Bethpage Black.
Koepka is just the sixth American to win the U.S. Open in the last 14 years. He is also the third player in the last 30 years to shoot 67 or better in the final round and win the tournament (Hale Irwin/1990, Tiger Woods/2000).
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama played lights out on Sunday to improve his position in the FedExCup standings, recording a 6-under 66 to finish in a tie for second with American Brian Harman. Matsuyama’s finish moved him past Justin Thomas to second in the FedExCup, just 125 points behind leader Dustin Johnson, who missed the cut at Erin Hills. The fight for the top spot in the standings is heating up, with just 210 points separating Johnson and Thomas at first and third, respectively.
Players still have 11 events left to position themselves to play in THE NORTHERN TRUST and, ultimately, to advance to the TOUR Championship. The two remaining major championships, the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club both offer 600 points to the winner, and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational awards 550 points to the winner. Typically, PGA TOUR events offer 500 FedExCup points to the winner each week. THE NORTHERN TRUST, as well as the other of the first three events of the FedExCup Playoffs, awards 2,000 points to the winner.
THE NORTHERN TRUST will kick off FedExCup Playoffs at the Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, August 22-27, 2017. For more information and a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament, visit thenortherntrust.com or follow the tournament on Twitter and Instagram @TheNTGolf, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheNTGolf.
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