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Nov 16, 2014

Golf-Koepka lands first big win by outduelling Poulter

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Young American Brooks Koepka looked as cool as a cucumber as he won a battle royal with Ian Poulter to claim the first regular tour victory of his career at the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.

The 24-year-old’s triumph also meant Rory McIlroy was confirmed as Europe’s 2013-14 money-list winner ahead of next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Nov 16, 2014

Koepka lands first big win after outduelling Poulter

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Young American Brooks Koepka looked as cool as a cucumber as he won a battle royal with Ian Poulter to claim the first regular tour victory of his career at the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday.

The 24-year-old’s triumph also meant Rory McIlroy was confirmed as Europe’s 2013-14 money-list winner ahead of next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Nov 15, 2014

Young gun Koepka hoping first victory is in range

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka is considered one of the hottest young prospects in golf and the bearded American bristled on Saturday at the fact that he is still waiting for a breakthrough victory.

The 24-year-old from Florida has collected four top-10 finishes on the European Tour this season, including a tie for fourth behind German winner Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open in North Carolina in June.

Nov 15, 2014

Journeyman Ormsby in control as Poulter squanders big lead

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Two of the European Tour’s lesser lights, Australian Wade Ormsby and Germany’s Marcel Siem, stole the show as Ian Poulter blew a six-shot lead in the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open on Saturday.

Motorsport-loving Ormsby was in turbo-charged mode, ignoring the damp, grey conditions at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal to steer his way to the summit of the leaderboard with a four-under-par 68.

Nov 15, 2014

Shades of Woosnam as Chilean Aguilar gets four-shot penalty

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Evoking memories of Ian Woosnam’s faux pas at the British Open, Chile’s Felipe Aguilar was handed a rare four-shot penalty on Saturday after replacing a club in his bag overnight at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Having not completed his second round, which ended prematurely because of a thunderstorm on Friday, the European Tour said in a statement that Aguilar was in breach of Rule 4-4 by replacing the club.

Nov 15, 2014

Golf-Fortified by beauty sleep, Poulter storms clear in Turkey

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Ian Poulter seems to be in the mood to turn the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open into a one-man show after storming six strokes clear of the field when the weather-interrupted second round ended on Saturday.

After a thunderstorm brought play to a premature close on Friday, the players returned to a sopping wet Montgomerie Maxx Royal course early in the morning to complete their rounds and there was no stopping Poulter who had been fortified by plenty of “beauty sleep”.

Nov 14, 2014

Young French musketeer Dubuisson bloodied but unbowed

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Defending champion Victor Dubuisson felt bruised and most certainly bloodied during the second round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

The Frenchman, who made an excellent impact on his Ryder Cup debut as he helped Europe to victory over the United States in Scotland in September, suffers from allergies and needed on-course assistance to treat a persistent nose bleed in Belek.

Nov 14, 2014

McIlroy and company must play in Europe more: Montgomerie

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – One of the first tasks for George O’Grady’s successor as European Tour chief must be to find a way to entice Rory McIlroy and the rest of the elite to play on their home circuit more, according to Colin Montgomerie.

The 65-year-old O’Grady announced this month that he was retiring after a decade in charge of the tour and Montgomerie believes it is vitally important for his replacement to stop the relentless drain of talent to the United States.

Nov 14, 2014

Golf-McIlroy and company must play in Europe more – Montgomerie

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 14 (Reuters) – One of the first tasks for George O’Grady’s successor as European Tour chief must be to find a way to entice Rory McIlroy and the rest of the elite to play on their home circuit more, according to Colin Montgomerie.

The 65-year-old O’Grady announced this month that he was retiring after a decade in charge of the tour and Montgomerie believes it is vitally important for his replacement to stop the relentless drain of talent to the United States.

Nov 14, 2014

Poulter leads as wild weather stops play in Turkey

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Britain’s Ian Poulter was leading the way when a thunderstorm caused play to be suspended midway through the second round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

Forecasters expect the bad weather to last for the rest of the day and organizers said it was unlikely that play would resume in the four hours of daylight that was left.

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