Brooks Koepka wins CJ Cup, moves to No. 1 in world ranking

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Brooks Koepka (Getty Images)

Brooks Koepka earned his fifth PGA Tour victory Sunday at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea, moving atop the world ranking in the process.

After a slow front nine, Koepka fired a 7-under 29 on the back to win by four shots at 21 under. He shot an 8-under 64 on Sunday, capping his round with an eagle on the par-5 18th.

Koepka, who won two major championships this year and has three majors in the last two years, has said he hopes to win more “regular” PGA Tour events, and he got off to a great start in the 2018-19 season.

Though starting the week third in the world ranking, he passes Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson with the win to claim the top spot. It’s the first time Koepka has earned the No. 1 world ranking in his career.

Gary Woodland shot a 9-under 63 in Round 4 to finish second at 17 under. Ryan Palmer and Rafa Cabrera Bello finished t-3 at 15 under.

Jason Day and Scott Piercy finished t-5 at 12 under and Adam Scott burst up the leaderboard Sunday with a 9-under 63 to finish t-10 at 10 under.

The win moved Koepka to third on the FedEx Cup standings early in the 2018-19 season.