Koepka Wins in Turkey, Hoffman Takes Mayakoba PDF Print E-mail


Brooks Koepka broke through for his first win at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Turkey - It came down to a putt. Ian Poulter who led throughout the week, had six

feet for birdie to reach 17 under par and force a playoff with Brooks Koepka, who

was in the clubhouse after shooting a superb final round 65 on Colin Montgomerie's

Maxx Royal course. Lee Westwood (71) playing alongside Poulter on Sunday, had just

made his six footer from nearly the identical line . . . but the read failed to help his

Ryder Cup teammate - Poulter's putt broke off left at the last moment. "It was

probably a bad thing that I actually stood there and watched Westy's putt, because

I think he pushed it slightly and it fell in the right edge. I knew my putt was going to

break right to left. I hit it on what I thought was right edge on a decent pace and it

broke across the hole."

For Brooks Koepka, its been many close calls leading up to Sunday's victory: "It's

awesome," added Koepka. "I played well. This field is first class, some of the

best players in the world, and it's nice to get the win. I actually had a little vacation

last week, which was nice, kind of recharged the batteries, didn't touch a club. I

should take more vacations.To jump into the top 50 in the world (he started the

week 61st) and be in all the Majors and I guess some of the World Golf

Championships events, it will be special."

Henrik Stenson finished third at -14 after a final round 64. Victor Dubuisson also fired

a Sunday 64.

Koepka's victory ensured that Rory McIlroy is the 2014 Race to Dubai Champion.


Morgan Hoffman celebrates his win of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - It had been over four years and 108 starts since Morgan

Hoffman's last PGA Tour victory, and this one wasn't without some drama coming

down the stretch.

Leading by one over playing partner Shawn Stefani, Hoffman yanked his tee shot left

- up against the trunk of a palm tree ... he had no shot. Advantage Stefani, but

Stefani had his own challenge, his tee shot came to rest just behind the lip of the

left fairway bunker. Stefani wedged himself out to within 50 yards for his par.

Hoffman hit out sideways into the fairway, then wedged his third to 30 feet. Stefani

had his chance, but chunked his pitch shot short of the green, all but ending his

hopes. Hoffman two putted for his bogey to secure his third career victory.

Hoffman's last win was before his daughter Claire was born, "It was really

nice to see them run out on the green and see the excitement on their face,"

Hoffman said. "We have been talking about it for a while. It's a little bit longer

than I anticipated, but it's nice to finally get it done."


Watson Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail

Bubba Watson is the Champion of the 2014 WGC - HSBC Champions

Shanghai, China - Bubba Watson needed heroics on the 18th hole Sunday to reach a playoff at

Sheshan Golf Club with South African Tim Clark. Facing a long greenside bunker shot for eagle,

Watson blasted out and watched as his ball tracked nearly 30 feet like a putt - into the center of

the cup. After an up & down back nine, Watson closed out the final round with a two under par 70

to finish at 11 under par.

Standing in the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole, things looked bleak . . . but Watson

joked with his caddie (Ted Scott) about saving the day with a miracle shot: "You always

joke about holing it," Watson said. "And then it actually went in. I didn't know how to react

and so I just kind of screamed, and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots, a

one-in-a-lifetime kind of shot. And so it was pretty neat."

Clark missed his 25 foot putt for birdie on the first hole of the playoff (18th hole), Watson

was in the same greenside bunker in the playoff, blasted out to 20 feet and drained the putt.

Rickie Fowler, Hiroshi Iwata and Graeme McDowell tied for third at -10.

Watson moves to #3 in the the Official World Golf Rankings, the highest of any American player.

Bubba was elated over being able to win a road game, "Being able to win outside the U.S., I just want

to be able to travel and get through the jet lag, get through all the things and still perform at a high

level," Watson said. "So for me to win out here, this is very big. This is very special for me."











Ryan Moore Defends CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail


Ryan Moore Defended his title at the CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Ryan Moore is making a habit of getting off to fast starts.

Moore shot consecutive 5 under par 67's over the weekend to win the CIMB Classic

by three strokes over Sergio Garcia (69), Kevin Na (70), and Gary Woodland (67).

Moore shot rounds of 68-69-67-67 for a 271 total & 17 under par, has now won

three consecutive years during the Tour's Fall schedule.



"It was incredible to finish the way I did coming down those last few holes," Moore

said. "I like to tell myself all the time that 'I am a closer. Let's just do what we can,

hit good shots and let's close this thing' and I was able to do that."

Moore continues to search for the answer to lack of victories and inconsistent

finishes throughout an entire season.

"I've been thinking about that for a while trying to figure out why, maybe it's

because the end is near. I see that I'm going to have six or seven weeks off pretty

soon and it's like it's the home stretch, just play some good golf and finish off the

year. I've got to figure that out and try to approach every tournament that way."


Ryan Moore's Winning set up:

Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed 9.5 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 15 degrees

5-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz 19 degrees

Hybrid: Adams Idea SUPER 9031 20 degrees

Irons: Miura PP-9003 Straight Neck (4-PW; True Temper DG Lite X-100 shafts)

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (54 & 58 degrees)

Putter: Yes! C-Groove Sandy 12

Ball: Titleist ProV1X













Robert Streb Wins McGladrey PDF Print E-mail


Robert Streb celebrates his first win on Tour, the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island.


St.Simons Island, Georgia - Robert Streb started the week at Sea Island with a snipe hook

tee shot into a hedge on Thursday, resulting in double bogey. Streb's focus immediately

switched to making the cut . . . by Sunday evening he was holding the trophy as the

Champion of the McGladrey Classic. After rounds of 69-66-68, Streb started the final round

five shots behind, but after four straight birdies on holes 14-17, he left his birdie putt on the

72nd hole short. He finished the day at seven under par 63 (-14 total), then waited around

to see if it would hold up. "I honestly thought somebody would probably get to 15 (under)

and they didn't," Streb said. "But I was just trying to stay loose and not get too worried

about it."


Will MacKenzie & Brendon de Jonge also came in tied at 14 under par, shooting 68 & 65

respectively. MacKenzie was eliminated on the first hole of the three man playoff. On the

second playoff hole, the par 3 seventeenth, Streb fired his 8 iron right at the flag to 4 feet

and made the putt. When de Jonge couldn't match, Streb had his first Tour title. As a result,

his dream of playing Augusta National will become reality in April.


Streb is now atop the Fedex Cup standings.


Tournament host Davis Love III shot 66 Sunday to tie for 41st.








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