Brooks Koepka fires warning shot ahead of WGC


American Brooks Koepka is content at the top of the world golf rankings, but admits the challenge is to stay there.

The new world number one earned the mantle by winning he CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea last week, adding to his US Open and PGA Championship victories for 2018.

Now the PGA Tour Player of the Year is looking to impress at the WGC – HSBC Champions in Shanghai this week.

“I’m looking to build on that lead, grow it, and that way I can be Number One for a while,” the Floridian told

“The goal isn’t just to get here – it’s to stay here. These eight events, the Majors and WGCs, are what you want to play and what you want to win. And when you’re done playing, those are what people remember you for.

“They remember you for the Majors that you’ve won, the WGCs, things like that. So it’s an important event.”

In 2017, Koepka finished in three-way tie for second with Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. Johnson took a six stroke lead into the final day but resurgent Justin Rose posted sizzling 67 in the final round to take honours by two shots.

“Last year was a little bit disappointing but the way Rosey played, finishing that off was impressive,” he continued.

“I always feel like I can win. I wouldn’t show up if I didn’t feel like I can but I expect to win. I know it’s unattainable to win every week, nobody can do that.

Koepka joins Johnson, Rose, Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy as part of a star-studded field at Sheshan International.