Brooks Koepka isn’t defending his title this week at the Turkish Airlines Open and has decided to focus next year on the PGA Tour.
Koepka was the 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year and played 11 events this season, two fewer than the tour minimum. He told tour officials Monday that he has relinquished his membership.
Koepka’s manager with Hambric Sports confirmed Tuesday that the 25-year-old Phoenix Open winner will not play again until the Hero World Challenge in December. Prior to his withdrawal from Turkey, he had played 13 of the past 16 weeks.
Koepka’s decision had a significant impact on Ben Evans of England, who was No. 111 in the Race to Dubai standings, one spot from keeping his card for next season.
“Pretty gutted,” he tweeted after his round Sunday.
But because Koepka was later removed from the money list, Evans slid up a spot, to No. 110, and retained his membership for next season.
Here was his tweet after receiving the news:
— Ben Evans (@benevansgolf) October 26, 2015