Koepka shrugs off Player of the Year Snub, opens PGA season in Las Vegas

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The 29-year-old Brooks Koepka, saying championship mean more than awards after being ignored for PGA Tour Player of the Year award, starts his 2019-2020 campaign on Thursday at Las Vegas.

Koepka, the world’s number one, finished runner-up at U.S Open and The Masters. Meanwhile, he finished fourth at the Open Championship.

Although snubbed for the Player of the Year Award, Koepka shrugged it off and said “I don’t play for awards, I just play to win. Win trophies. Win tournaments. Simple as (that).”

Asked on Wednesday about losing the Player of the year award, the seven-time Tour winner insisted that an Award does not necessarily mean being the best in the sport.

He gave input on the three-time NBA Champion, Lebron James. “Yeah it would’ve been great, but I think everybody in this room knows — I mean, LeBron has only won four MVPs, and I’m pretty sure he’s been the best player for more than just four years,” Koepka said.

Rory Mcllroy, who won the FedEx Cup for the second time in his career, bagged the Player of the year award.