Brooks Koepka picked up his first win since February 2021 after he saw off fellow former European Tour rookie Peter Uihlein to win the Jeddah Invitational on the MENA Tour.
Both players were tied at the top on twelve-under but it was Koepka who closed out the win after three playoff holes.
Just 46k tuned in to watch the final round of this event in the golfing strong hold of Saudi Arabia with much better golf on television such as the ZOZO Championship and the famous Andalucia Masters in Valderama as yesterday’s men Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey threatened to win.
Journeyman Uihlein teed off with a one-shot lead when the hooter sounded for the shotgun start but a final round 70 wasn’t enough to keep Koepka at bay as he went one better with a 69.
The former US Open and PGA Champion won the three-hole playoff by two strokes and you could see how much it meant to the 32-year-old who fist-pumped and smiled as the ball disappeared into the hole.
Koepka has previously admitted to struggling to get mentally tuned in for regular PGA Tour events but wave four million dollars in front of him and he appears to be a man possessed.
It was a double celebration for Koepka while Uihlein can cry away the pain of losing with some extra cash after Smash GC romped to six-shot victory in the team event nobody understands.
Jason Kokrak and the extremely talented Chase Koepka contributed little to Smash GC but everyone is a winner.
Graeme McDowell chatted a lot of nonsense pre-tournament in his never-ending battle to stay relevant but ultimately he couldn’t walk the walk with a lacklustre final round of two-under 68 leaving him 16th on seven-under.