Brooks bright-eyed for 2015 start

Brooks Koepka tees up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week looking to start his 2015 European Tour season on a high note.


The 24-year-old American won the European Tour’s Rookie of the Year on the back of his victory at the Turkish Airlines Open a fortnight ago.


This week at Gary Player Country Club marks the start of the 2015 Race to Dubai and the four-time Challenge Tour winner aims to get the ball rolling in style.


“I was hoping for a win and felt like I was knocking on the door. I would have been disappointed if I left this year without a win, so to come here and have a chance to win two is a really nice way to end the year,” he said.


Koepka finished eighth in the standings for the 2014 European Tour and managed to a pitstop at home before turning his attention to South African shores. He arrived in Sun City on Tuesday and was ready to tackle ‘Africa’s Major’.


“It was nice to go home for a few days and relax. I could celebrate the win and be with my family. We had thanksgiving and all of the family came over. It was nice to relax and unwind, but I’m ready to get back to work,” he said.


Gary Player Country Club is noted for its slanted fairways. It’s plays at 7162 metres from the tips and is quite tight, which means accuracy off the tee is a must. Koepka felt ready for the challenge.


“It’s the first time I’m seeing it and it’s a neat course. They’ve had quite a lot of rain recently, so it might be soft. There are small greens, so you have to be accurate with irons. It plays to a lot of my strengths, which will be interesting as the week goes along,” he said.


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