Brooks Koepka’s maiden victory on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open moved the American to 35th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.
Koepka (17-under) edged Ian Poulter for the victory. Poulter, who logged his second straight Top 10 finish in the Final Series leading up to this week’s DP World Tour Championship, moved up to No. 26 in the latest ranking. He was runner-up in the Race to Dubai standings a season ago.
According to skybet.com, Koepka entered the tournament as a 28-to-1 betting pick to start the week.
The Top 10 remained mostly unchanged led by Rory McIlroy, who was idle again. He is expected to tee it up in Dubai this week for the European Tour season finale. Adam Scott is No. 2 followed by Bubba Watson.
Henrik Stenson, who finished third in Turkey, moved into fourth while Jim Furyk rounded out the Top 5. Sergio Garcia, one of the co-favorite heading into Turkey, struggled to finish T-25 and slipped two places to sixth in the latest rankings, followed by Justin Rose, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.
Charley Hoffman’s victory at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba was his third career win. Hoffman jumped in the rankings to 69th in the final fall event for the PGA Tour as the schedule starts back up in Hawaii this January. Hoffman (17-under) clipped Shawn Stefani by a shot, while Andre Gonzalez and Danny Lee finished T-3 at 15-under.
Hoffman was a 60-1 betting selection pick to start the week.
On the LPGA Tour, Christina Kim won for the first time since 2005 capturing the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. Kim outlasted Shanshan Feng on the second playoff for her third career triumph and moved to 27th in the latest Rolex Ranking. Inbee Park was third in Mexico and remained No. 1 in the rankings.
Other Golf News:
- Park is second to Stacy Lewis in the Race to the CMG Globe on the LGPA Tour. The players head to Naples, Florida for this week’s season finale at the CME Group Tour Championship. Feng is the defending champion.
- Scott headlines the field in the PGA Tour Australasia event this week. The Beteasy Australia Masters also features Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby. Americans Kyle Stanley, Boo Weekley and Zac Blair are also scheduled to compete.
- Hoffman ranked 5th in Driving Distance for the week in Mexico and 4th in Green in Regulation at nearly 78 percent.
- McIlroy already locked up the Race to Dubai title without competing in a Final Series event (the tour will probably need to update its points system for next year). He headlines the field this week in Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the 6th edition of the DP World Tour Championship. Stenson is defending champion winning by six shots over Poulter in 2013. Alvaro Quiros and Lee Westwood are also former champions of the event.