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."