I suppose it was always inevitable that Brooks Koepka would eventually go back home to the PGA Tour but it's nonetheless sad to say goodbye to a man who cut his teeth on the European Challenge Tour and played the last couple of seasons on the main European Tour.

In choosing that path, Brooks hopefully paved the way for future young US stars, wanting to play top quality golf in an environment of friendship and camaraderie unique to Europe.  Not to mention travel, see the world, and experience  the multitude of culture and languages that Europe and it's extended Tour geography affords.

Now a top 50 player and with a full PGA Tour card, Brooks announced he is handing in his European Tour players card with immediate effect (not even defending in Turkey).  The timing of the announcement also meant Koepka did one last good thing for another player.

That was England's Ben Evans, who went from the utter heartbreak of finishing 111th on the Race to Dubai to the joy of winning a 2016 card after being elevated one spot following Koepka's departure.

After playing 13 of the last 16 weeks, Koepka will tee it up again at the Hero World Challenge in December.

Thanks for everything Brooks. And good luck. It was nice knowing you!

I think this Christmas card is in order.

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