U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka's father cherishes the ultimate father's day present
Lake Worth (CBS12) —
There are many PGA stars who make their home in Palm Beach County, but a kid who grew up here was the talk of the golf world on Monday.
Wellington native Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in historic fashion, and could not have picked a better day to win the tournament of his life, pulling it off on Father's Day.
"The U.S. Open always ends on Father's Day," reflected his father Bob on Monday from his Atlantis home, "So there's always one father that gets this gift. I'm just so happy that this was my year."
It was the former Cardinal Newman and Florida State star's first ever major victory, in the form of a record breaking U.S. Open win. At -16 under he tied the mark for lowest score to par in U.S. Open history.
"The tears started flowing when he was walking up 18," admits Bob Koepka. "Because reality has set in. was thinking about my father. (Brooks) called me right before talking to Curtis Strange, and he just said, I didn't get you a card, but i hope this is good enough of a Fathers Day present, I hope this will do for now. Then I said congrats, I'm proud of you."
Bob says he remembers the exact moment he knew his won was going to win the U.S. Open.
"My wife Sherri pointed out, a close up, and she said, there's the look. That Koepka look. That means he's focused in."
Bob Koepka now hopes he can look forward to yet another Father's Day present next year, when Brooks looks to defend his title.