Koepka beats Poulter, Stenson to win Turkish Airlines Open

Final Round – European Tour – Turkish Airlines Open – Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club – Antalya, Turkey –

American Brooks Koepka took a giant leap in his professional career Sunday winning the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open – the third of a four-event Final Series in the Race to Dubai.

Koepka, a 28-to-1 betting selection to start the week at, made eagle-3 at the par-5 13th hole at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club to reach 17-under overall and open a two-shot advantage. He held off proven champions Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson to capture his maiden victory on the European Tour.

Koepka finished with 7-under-65 in the final round and one shot clear of Poulter and three ahead of Stenson. Miguel Angel Jimenez headlined a group at T-4.

For Poulter, his third-round 75 proved too much to overcome against the trending American youngster. Poulter, who finished T-5 here a year ago, settled for a runner-up finish coming off his T-6 a week ago at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Stenson shot 64 in the final round but came up short, while pre-tournament co-favorite Sergio Garcia failed to contend. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking ended up T-25.

The 24-year-old Koepka might just become a U.S. staple in international competitions including the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. He has already had a hot start to the PGA Tour’s 2014-2015 wrap-around season finishing T-8 at the Open and T-4 at the Shriners in Las Vegas.

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