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Nov 17, 2014

Koepka poised to follow in countryman Uihlein’s footsteps

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Europe’s rookie of the year award was launched in 1960 and had never been won by an American until Peter Uihlein took the prize 12 months ago — now it looks like there will be two U.S. success stories in a row.

Brooks Koepka’s maiden victory at the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday has put him in pole position for the accolade and the 24-year-old said it would be great to follow in Uihlein’s footsteps.

Nov 16, 2014

Two eagles bring the smile back to Donald’s face

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Luke Donald has been suffering in a dark space in recent times but the former world number one believes he can start to see some shafts of light at the end of a long tunnel.

The Englishman’s confidence has taken something of a battering but he was bathed in smiles on Sunday after two eagles helped him conclude his Turkish Airlines Open campaign with a five-under-par 67.

Nov 16, 2014

Golf – Young gun Koepka pinching himself after outplaying elite

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – American Brooks Koepka was pinching himself after the young gun outplayed a world-class field to land the Turkish Airlines Open crown on Sunday.

The 24-year-old eclipsed the likes of Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood to claim the first prize of 930,000 euros ($1.16 million) at the European Tour’s penultimate event of the season.

Nov 16, 2014

Money-list triumph is truly special, says McIlroy

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy capped the best season of his career by adding the European Tour’s money-list title on Sunday to his two major championship victories.

The 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who sat out this week’s tournament in Belek, knew the crown would be his providing Sergio Garcia of Spain, German Marcel Siem and Jamie Donaldson of Wales failed to win the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open.

Nov 16, 2014

Young gun Koepka pinching himself after outplaying elite

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) – American Brooks Koepka was pinching himself after the young gun outplayed a world-class field to land the Turkish Airlines Open crown on Sunday.

The 24-year-old eclipsed the likes of Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood to claim the first prize of 930,000 euros ($1.16 million) at the European Tour’s penultimate event of the season.

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.

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