Cape Town - Having been a full-time members of both
Tours, world No 2 Brooks Koepka admits players tend to have a bit more
fun on the European Tour.
Koepka is somewhat unusual among American pros in that he chose to
kickstart his career in Europe, paying his dues on the feeder Challenge
Tour before becoming a full-time European Tour member at the age of 22.
Koepka's four Challenge Tour victories eventually led to the Turkish Open title in 2014, after which a move back to the USA resulted
in a win at the Phoenix Open in 2015 and, ultimately, his three major
trophies in 2017 and 2018.
It is precisely because of the productive start Koepka experienced in
Europe - and the success that ultimately led to in the majors - that
several other Americans have now chosen a similar career path.
returns to the European Tour for this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC
Championship, and it hasn't taken him long to remember why he got so
much from the experience the first time around.
In fact, the American went so far as to admit he enjoys the
atmosphere of the European Tour more than the PGA Tour in his home
"The camaraderie over here is a bit different. I like it more,
personally, than I do in the States," he told Sport360.com. "It seems
there's 30 or 40 guys on a flight, basically the whole flight is
everybody, players, caddies.
"Everyone hangs out in two or three hotels, you go to dinner, you
have a hard time over here running into one player because there's 30 or
40 of them or caddies or coaches all at the same restaurant and I think
that's kind of fun.
"The attitude over here is a little different. The sense of humour over here is a little better so it's quite fun."