PGA Tour

CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges 2018

October 21-24

Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea

$9,500,000

October 21-24

Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea

$9,500,000

Round 4

Brooks Koepka is golf's new No. 1

October 21, 2018

Brooks Koepka is golf's new No. 1 after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Sunday by four strokes.

Koepka, who displaced Dustin Johnson for the world's top ranking, shot a final-round 8-under 64 for a 21-under total of 267. Koepka, who had never held the top ranking, led by four strokes after three rounds.

''To be No. 1 is something I've dreamed of as a kid,'' Koepka said. "I don't think this one is going to sink in.''

Gary Woodland certainly made it interesting. Woodland started the day five strokes behind Koepka, who was only 1-under after nine, but Woodland pulled level after making six birdies in seven holes on the front nine.

The two dueled on the back nine, with Woodland birdieing 15 and 16 to again pull level. But Koepka did the same, and a bogey by Woodland on the par-3 17th gave Koepka the cushion he needed to close out the win despite a birdie on the 18th by Woodland.

The biggest moment came on the 16th. Koepka went from a fairway bunker to just left of the green, about 70 feet away. Koepka hit a chip-and-run that was stopped by the pin and dropped for the birdie.

Koepka finished in style with a 25-foot eagle putt on the 18th for a 29 on the back nine.

''I'm not somebody who's going to panic if things go the wrong way,'' Koepka said of his slow start. ''I felt like the one at 15 was quite big with Gary making a charge.''

Woodland finished second after a 63. Ryan Palmer birdied his last seven holes to shoot a course-record 62 and finish in a tie for third place with Rafa Cabrera Bello (65), four strokes behind Koepka.

Woodland was happy with his final round, but looked back to a few missed birdie chances on Saturday.

''Brooks with the lead.not much fazes him,'' Woodland said. ''So you knew you had to make a lot of birdies and I made a lot today. I was trying to put as much pressure as I could. But just shows I was too far back to start after not making too many putts yesterday. I gave myself a chance, I was tied for the lead there. Brooks obviously just made some clutch shots down the stretch.''

Palmer said he became more confident with each of his seven straight birdies on the back nine.

''The more I made, the more free I felt in my swing and I was able to hit some close,'' Palmer said. ''I made some long putts coming down the stretch. Actually on 17, I looked at my scorecard, I was like, 'oh, that's six in a row.' It is kind of back there, but you don't think about it. What a special day.''

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who could have prevented Koepka from moving to No. 1 with a repeat win, finished at 5-under after a 68 Sunday.

Koepka is the third player this year to reach No. 1 for the first time, joining Justin Rose and Thomas. The last time that happened was in 1997, when Ernie Els, Tom Lehman and Tiger Woods each rose to No. 1.

It was Koepka's 12th victory worldwide, including four wins on the European Challenge Tour. He now has won in six countries - the U.S., South Korea, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Scotland.

''Everything I've done this year it's been working. So I don't want to change anything,'' Koepka said. ''Just keep improving.

''I'm so excited right now, you have no idea. I can't wait to go play again.''

He'll get his chance soon. Next week the PGA Tour heads to Shanghai for the final stop on its Asian swing, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-21
71
65
67
64
267
2
Gary Woodland
USA
-17
73
67
68
63
271
T3
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-15
73
70
65
65
273
T3
Ryan Palmer
USA
-15
72
70
69
62
273
T5
Jason Day
AUS
-12
73
71
65
67
276
T5
Scott Piercy
USA
-12
70
65
72
69
276
T7
Cameron Smith
AUS
-11
74
67
67
69
277
T7
Chez Reavie
USA
-11
68
70
70
69
277
T7
Pat Perez
USA
-11
72
68
68
69
277
T10
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-10
71
71
72
64
278
T10
Adam Scott
AUS
-10
75
69
71
63
278
T10
Ian Poulter
ENG
-10
70
69
68
71
278
T10
J. J. Spaun
USA
-10
71
70
69
68
278
T14
Brendan Steele
USA
-9
74
71
65
69
279
T14
Keith Mitchell
USA
-9
75
69
67
68
279
T14
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-9
77
67
65
70
279
T14
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
72
73
68
66
279
T18
Alexander Noren
SWE
-8
74
65
73
68
280
T18
Beau Hossler
USA
-8
75
70
69
66
280
T18
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-8
71
74
66
69
280
T18
Marc Leishman
AUS
-8
75
71
68
66
280
T18
Paul Casey
ENG
-8
71
73
66
70
280
T23
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-7
76
69
70
66
281
T23
Danny Willett
ENG
-7
69
77
70
65
281
T23
J. B. Holmes
USA
-7
73
70
68
70
281
T23
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-7
72
68
68
73
281
T23
Patton Kizzire
USA
-7
71
72
71
67
281
T23
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-7
69
73
68
71
281
T29
Andrew Putnam
USA
-6
73
68
72
69
282
T29
Jimmy Walker
USA
-6
72
69
76
65
282
T29
Joel Dahmen
USA
-6
72
70
72
68
282
T29
Kevin Chappell
USA
-6
76
71
70
65
282
T29
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
72
71
70
69
282
T29
Ryan Armour
USA
-6
73
67
69
73
282
T29
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-6
75
67
70
70
282
T36
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-5
72
72
72
67
283
T36
Brian Harman
USA
-5
76
64
75
68
283
T36
Ernie Els
RSA
-5
73
71
70
69
283
T36
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-5
75
70
69
69
283
T36
Justin Thomas
USA
-5
73
70
72
68
283
T41
Austin Cook
USA
-4
70
75
67
72
284
T41
Brice Garnett
USA
-4
73
69
71
71
284
T41
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-4
70
77
70
67
284
T41
Dong-Seop Maeng
KOR
-4
71
73
70
70
284
T41
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-4
71
72
69
72
284
T41
Rod Pampling
AUS
-4
70
73
73
68
284
T41
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-4
73
71
71
69
284
T48
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
75
73
69
68
285
T48
Charley Hoffman
USA
-3
76
71
67
71
285
T48
Nick Watney
USA
-3
70
74
71
70
285
T48
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
76
73
71
65
285
T52
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
77
68
73
68
286
T52
Kevin Na
USA
-2
73
69
70
74
286
T52
Kevin Tway
USA
-2
73
72
69
72
286
T55
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
73
75
66
73
287
T55
James Hahn
USA
-1
76
69
72
70
287
T55
Jason Dufner
USA
-1
72
72
71
72
287
T55
Peter Uihlein
USA
-1
73
71
72
71
287
T55
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
74
75
64
74
287
T55
Taehee Lee
KOR
-1
72
71
74
70
287
T61
Brian Gay
USA
Par
74
70
73
71
288
T61
Charles Howell III
USA
Par
72
76
71
69
288
T61
Doyeob Mun
KOR
Par
72
80
68
68
288
T61
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
78
73
67
70
288
T61
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
72
73
72
71
288
66
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
72
72
71
74
289
T67
Billy Horschel
USA
2
74
74
71
71
290
T67
Jason Kokrak
USA
2
77
73
72
68
290
T67
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
2
75
73
71
71
290
T70
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
4
76
70
71
75
292
T70
Stewart Cink
USA
4
77
69
73
73
292
72
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
5
76
75
69
73
293
T73
Abraham Ancer
USA
6
75
71
68
80
294
T73
Chesson Hadley
USA
6
75
73
72
74
294
T73
Hyung-Joon Lee
KOR
6
74
72
75
73
294
76
Michael Kim
KOR
9
70
75
80
72
297
T77
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
13
77
76
75
73
301
T77
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
13
82
72
73
74
301
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-21
64
267
2
Gary Woodland
USA
-17
63
271
T3
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-15
65
273
T3
Ryan Palmer
USA
-15
62
273
T5
Jason Day
AUS
-12
67
276
T5
Scott Piercy
USA
-12
69
276
T7
Cameron Smith
AUS
-11
69
277
T7
Chez Reavie
USA
-11
69
277
T7
Pat Perez
USA
-11
69
277
T10
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-10
64
278
T10
Adam Scott
AUS
-10
63
278
T10
Ian Poulter
ENG
-10
71
278
T10
J. J. Spaun
USA
-10
68
278
T14
Brendan Steele
USA
-9
69
279
T14
Keith Mitchell
USA
-9
68
279
T14
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-9
70
279
T14
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
66
279
T18
Alexander Noren
SWE
-8
68
280
T18
Beau Hossler
USA
-8
66
280
T18
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-8
69
280
T18
Marc Leishman
AUS
-8
66
280
T18
Paul Casey
ENG
-8
70
280
T23
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-7
66
281
T23
Danny Willett
ENG
-7
65
281
T23
J. B. Holmes
USA
-7
70
281
T23
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-7
73
281
T23
Patton Kizzire
USA
-7
67
281
T23
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-7
71
281
T29
Andrew Putnam
USA
-6
69
282
T29
Jimmy Walker
USA
-6
65
282
T29
Joel Dahmen
USA
-6
68
282
T29
Kevin Chappell
USA
-6
65
282
T29
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
69
282
T29
Ryan Armour
USA
-6
73
282
T29
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-6
70
282
T36
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-5
67
283
T36
Brian Harman
USA
-5
68
283
T36
Ernie Els
RSA
-5
69
283
T36
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-5
69
283
T36
Justin Thomas
USA
-5
68
283
T41
Austin Cook
USA
-4
72
284
T41
Brice Garnett
USA
-4
71
284
T41
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-4
67
284
T41
Dong-Seop Maeng
KOR
-4
70
284
T41
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-4
72
284
T41
Rod Pampling
AUS
-4
68
284
T41
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-4
69
284
T48
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
68
285
T48
Charley Hoffman
USA
-3
71
285
T48
Nick Watney
USA
-3
70
285
T48
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
65
285
T52
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
68
286
T52
Kevin Na
USA
-2
74
286
T52
Kevin Tway
USA
-2
72
286
T55
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
73
287
T55
James Hahn
USA
-1
70
287
T55
Jason Dufner
USA
-1
72
287
T55
Peter Uihlein
USA
-1
71
287
T55
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
74
287
T55
Taehee Lee
KOR
-1
70
287
T61
Brian Gay
USA
Par
71
288
T61
Charles Howell III
USA
Par
69
288
T61
Doyeob Mun
KOR
Par
68
288
T61
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
70
288
T61
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
71
288
66
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
74
289
T67
Billy Horschel
USA
2
71
290
T67
Jason Kokrak
USA
2
68
290
T67
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
2
71
290
T70
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
4
75
292
T70
Stewart Cink
USA
4
73
292
72
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
5
73
293
T73
Abraham Ancer
USA
6
80
294
T73
Chesson Hadley
USA
6
74
294
T73
Hyung-Joon Lee
KOR
6
73
294
76
Michael Kim
KOR
9
72
297
T77
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
13
73
301
T77
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
13
74
301