Koepka Blows $455,000 With Final-Hole Double Bogey

Brooks Koepka has made more than $31 million in official earnings on the PGA Tour over the course of his career, so it’s likely that he’s not sweating what happened on Sunday afternoon on the 72nd hole of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational as it pertains to his bank account.

Coming down the stretch trying to chase down Justin Thomas, Koepka bogeyed the easiest hole on the course — the par-5 16th — but got the stroke right back on the next hole, which was playing as the second-hardest hole on the course.

Down one stroke and needing to force the issue, Koepka double-crossed his tee ball and hit it into the penalty area guarding the right side of the fairway. The shot led to a double-bogey 6, which dropped him from solo second place into a four-way tie for second.

While Koepka was chasing trophies, not dollars, the clarification doesn’t mean too much, but to the average golf fan, there was quite a large shift in the money going to Koepka.

Koepka cost himself $455,000 on the last hole, the difference between the payout for solo second place — $1,150,000 — and the four-way tie for second — $695,000.

As expected, Koepka wasn’t worried about the money.

“On 18, you’re one back, you’ve got to take an aggressive line there,” Koepka said of his tee shot that eventually found a watery grave. “I’m not going to bail out in those bunkers. I didn’t hit that bad of a tee shot, maybe just lined up a little bit left or whatever. Pleased with it. Why wouldn’t I be?”

Here’s the complete purse breakdown from the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, courtesy of Golfweek. 

Position Player Score Earnings
1 Justin Thomas -13 $1,820,000
T2 Daniel Berger -10 $695,000
T2 Tom Lewis -10 $695,000
T2 Phil Mickelson -10 $695,000
T2 Brooks Koepka -10 $695,000
T6 Xander Schauffele -9 $268,333
T6 Jason Day -9 $268,333
T6 Shane Lowry -9 $268,333
T6 Chez Reavie -9 $268,333
T6 Louis Oosthuizen -9 $268,333
T6 Matthew Fitzpatrick -9 $268,333
T12 Dustin Johnson -8 $166,667
T12 Webb Simpson -8 $166,667
T12 Byeong-Hun An -8 $166,667
T15 Ryan Palmer -7 $131,400
T15 Abraham Ancer -7 $131,400
T15 Scottie Scheffler -7 $131,400
T15 Rickie Fowler -7 $131,400
T15 Brendon Todd -7 $131,400
T20 Erik van Rooyen -6 $106,200
T20 Collin Morikawa -6 $106,200
T20 Hideki Matsuyama -6 $106,200
T20 Joel Dahmen -6 $106,200
T20 Christiaan Bezuidenhout -6 $106,200
T25 Kevin Kisner -5 $87,200
T25 Matt Kuchar -5 $87,200
T25 Bubba Watson -5 $87,200
T25 Billy Horschel -5 $87,200
T25 Cameron Champ -5 $87,200
T30 Bryson DeChambeau -4 $72,000
T30 Andrew Landry -4 $72,000
T30 J.T. Poston -4 $72,000
T30 Corey Conners -4 $72,000
T30 Jordan Spieth -4 $72,000
T35 Tommy Fleetwood -3 $56,111
T35 Patrick Cantlay -3 $56,111
T35 Kevin Na -3 $56,111
T35 Graeme McDowell -3 $56,111
T35 Kevin Streelman -3 $56,111
T35 Henrik Stenson -3 $56,111
T35 Sergio Garcia -3 $56,111
T35 Nick Taylor -3 $56,111
T35 Sungjae Im -3 $56,111
T44 Mackenzie Hughes -2 $49,000
T44 Jason Kokrak -2 $49,000
T44 Sung Kang -2 $49,000
T47 Rory McIlroy -1 $46,500
T47 Patrick Reed -1 $46,500
T49 Lucas Herbert E $44,000
T49 Tyler Duncan E $44,000
T49 Matthew Wolff E $44,000
T52 Jon Rahm 1 $40,000
T52 Joaquin Niemann 1 $40,000
T52 Max Homa 1 $40,000
T52 Keegan Bradley 1 $40,000
T52 Marc Leishman 1 $40,000
T57 Michael Thompson 2 $37,250
T57 Gary Woodland 2 $37,250
T59 Matt Wallace 3 $35,250
T59 Cameron Smith 3 $35,250
T59 Jazz Janewattananond 3 $35,250
T59 Viktor Hovland 3 $35,250
T59 Robert MacIntyre 3 $35,250
T59 Matt Jones 3 $35,250
T65 Victor Perez 4 $33,250
T65 Tony Finau 4 $33,250
T67 Paul Casey 5 $32,625
T67 Brandt Snedeker 5 $32,625
T69 Tyrrell Hatton 7 $32,000
T69 Ian Poulter 7 $32,000
T69 Danny Willett 7 $32,000
T72 Adam Hadwin 8 $31,375
T72 C.T. Pan 8 $31,375
74 Bernd Wiesberger 9 $31,000
T75 Shaun Norris 10 $30,625
T75 Li Haotong 10 $30,625
77 Sebastian Soderberg 11 $30,250
78 Rafael Cabrera Bello 15 $30,000