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Brooks Koepka, world’s top-ranked golfer, commits to 2020 Valspar Championship

The former Florida State golfer, known for his blunt candor four major victories, returns to Innisbrook for the first time since 2014.
Brooks Koepka, shown here at the 2019 Byron Nelson, has committed to play in the 2020 Valspar Championship.
Published Oct. 1
Updated Oct. 1

The final field for the 2020 Valspar Championship is far from complete, but it got off to a good start on Tuesday when Brooks Koepka committed.

Koepka, currently the top-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings, will bring a reputation as a straight shooter to the tournament, which has drawn record crowds the last two years and featured an appearance by Tiger Woods in 2018.

He will be only the fifth No. 1 ranked player, should he still hold that spot in March, to play in the tournament’s 20 year history. The others were Vijay Singh (2004), Martin Kaymer (2011), Jordan Spieth (2016) and Dustin Johnson (2019).

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This will be the second time Koepka has played the Copperhead Course. He first appeared in 2014 and missed the cut. But that was well before he emerged as one of the world’s best golfers.

Koepka also has emerged as one of the game’s most quotable champions. In a recent article, GolfWeek noted that Koepka proclaimed himself as mentally and physically stronger than his colleagues.

“I’m not going to be someone else just to be more popular,” Koepka told GolfWeek. “I’m not your typical golfer, definitely not a golf nerd. I have an athlete’s mentality, a true athlete, and if that rubs people the wrong way, tough.

“I’m just going to say what I feel, I’m going to be honest and I’m not going to hold back. That’s who I am.”

Koepka has won four major championships in the past three years. He won the 2018 and ’19 PGA Championship and the 2017 and ’18 U.S. Open. He was also tied for second at the Masters this year. Koepka has won a total of seven times on the PGA Tour.

Prior to turning professional in 2012, Koepka played collegiately at Florida State, where he was a three-time All American. He spent time on the European Tour before joining the PGA.

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The Valspar Championship will be played on March 19-22, 2020. For tournament and ticket information go to


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