Brooks Koepka’s 65 Takes Turkish Title
For the second consecutive week, an American export was the big winner on the European Tour’s Final Series, as Brooks Koepka recorded his first-ever Europena win, firing a final-round 65 to edge Ian Poulter by one stroke at the Turkish Airways Open.
His closing round 7-under allowed Koepka to valut from fifth to first on the final day, a day of late charges from the likes of Henrik Stenson and Miguel Angel Jimenez as well.
Koepka started the day a stroke behind Poulter for the lead, and the lead was still 1 at the turn as each man stroked four birdies. Koepka tied for the lead with a birdie on 10, but Poulter ever so briefly regained it with a birdie on 13.
Koepka responded with an eagle on the same hole to go up one, and both men parred the rest of the way.
Koepka moved to sixth in the Race to Dubai standings, Poulter to 13th.
Stenson led the biggest charge of the day, firing a tournament-best 64 to jump from 14th to third at 14-under. Only a bogey on 12 slowed the Swede down as he racked up nine birdies after firing three straight 70s to open the tournament.
Jimenez, who led with a 63 after one round, got back into form with a closing 68, although he bogeyed No. 18 to keep from tying Stenson from third.