Brooks Koepka is still trying to recapture the glory of being ranked as the world’s No. 1 golfer, a position he first captured in October 2018 and regained after his victory in the 2019 PGA Championship.
Plagued by injury in 2020, Koepka has fallen to No. 12 on the leaderboards and was forced to withdraw from the FedEx Cup Playoffs, though he’s set to return for The Masters.
While Koepka’s hip and knee injuries have had him on the sideline for most of 2020, the professional golfer can consider himself lucky to have had someone to spend his time at home with during the coronavirus quarantine and COVID-19 outbreak.
Koepka has been spending his time rehabbing and recovering with his model girlfriend Jena Sims.
Brooks Koepka’s Girlfriend
Brooks Koepka is dating model and actress Jena Sims.
Sims, 31, has been featured in movies such as Last Vegas, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, Three-Headed Shark Attack and Sharknado 5. She’s also had roles in popular TV shows, including One Tree Hill, Dexter, and Entourage.
Koepka and Sims met for the first time at the 2015 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, where Koepka placed 33rd, and began dating in 2017. Their relationship initially went public when the pair celebrated Koepka’s victory at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills with a kiss, though commentator Joe Buck mistook her for Koepka’s ex-girlfriend, mistakenly identifying her as Becky Edwards.
Sims initially aimed for a career in modeling. She won the 2007 Miss Georgia Teen USA pageant, and would go on to compete at the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant, though she failed to place.
Her love for pageantry held true, however, and Sims now runs a non-profit organization, Pageant of Hope, which hosts beauty pageants for children and teens who “face serious challenges.”
The 31-year-old grew up in Georgia but moved to Hollywood in order to pursue her career as an actress. She currently resides with Koepka in Jupiter, Florida, when she’s not with him on the golf course, at least. Sims frequently posts pics of her and Brooks to social media, particularly Instagram where she has an impressive following of 208,000.
Sims made headlines at the 2019 PGA Championship in New York after Koepka appeared to ignore her during the final round of play. Sims appeared to attempt to kiss Koepka, but the golfer was hyper-focused and completely ignored his girl.
Let’s be real, though. The only person getting any attention from Brooks during his run to victory was his caddie. Sims managed to cool rumors of her relationship with Koepka being “rocky” with a clever Instagram post.
Brooks Koepka’s Professional Career
Brooks Koepka turned pro in the summer of 2012 after spending four years as a star golfer for Florida State, where he was a three-time All American.
The 30-year-old has 14 professional wins under his belt, seven of which came from the PGA Tour. Koepka has impressed at major championships and is already a four-time major champion, including the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open and the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship. His two major victories in 2018 made him the first golfer to win the double in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship since Tiger Woods achieved it in 2000.
Koepka has been involved in some beef with fellow PGA Tour golfer Bryson DeChambeau, after he commented on DeChambeau’s pace of play. DeChambeau responded by insulting Koepka’s abs, or lack thereof, from his photos in the ESPN Body Issue photoshoot.
The four-time major champ clapped back once and for all with an amazing photo of his four major trophies. At the time, DeChambeau had yet to win a major championship, though he has since found victory at the U.S. Open in September 2020.
Koepka has also had an incident flare up with Dustin Johnson. The two are believed to be close friends, having trained together for a couple of years, however, after a Team USA defeat in the 2018 Ryder Cup things reportedly got heated. Koepka denied any strain in their relationship, suggesting the story was being blown out of proportion by the media.
Brooks’ 2020 hasn’t gone how he’s hoped, but he’s back in action now, and he’ll have the support of Sims as he works his way back to peak form.