In only his third start of the 2015 PGA Tour season, the 2014 European Tour Rookie of the Year award winner, Brooks Koepka entered this final round three behind the 54-hole lead. Koepka stayed within earshot of the lead all day until a holed 50-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole pushed him into a tie for the lead for the first time all week. While his playing competitors faltered, Koepka remained resolute, parring the final three hole to win by one.
This is Koepka's first PGA Tour victory, making him the early frontrunner for 2015 Rookie of the Year honors.
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“Winning the Rookie of the Year means so much,” he said in a release. “I’ve worked so hard this year, and to see the results is fun. To cap the year off with a win in Turkey has made this year special, and it’s a goal I’ve been working for since I was able to come out on tour, and that was the goal starting the year.”
Koepka had one win and four top-ten finishes on the season. His plan for 2015, play both the PGA and European Tours.
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On the European Tour, Brooks Koepka shot a flawless final round 7-under par 65 to win the Turkish Airlines Open by one stroke. Koepka entered the final round two strokes off of the 54 hole lead and carded four birdies on the front nine to shoot to the top of the leaderboard. On the inward nine, Koepka biridied the tenth hole and holed an eight foot eagle putt on the 13th to reach 17-under par for the week.
The total could not be matched, giving Koepka his first European Tour victory.
Jimmy Walker took home the Frys.com Open with a final round 66 that left him two clear of the field.
Entering the day in a tie for fourth, thanks to a third round 9-under par 62, Walker needed a solid Sunday performance to have any shot at the title. Walker came out of the gate making two birdies on the first four holes before turning in three under par 32. On the back nine Walker added two more birdies to race to the top and take home the title.
The 54-hole leader, 23 year old Challenge Tour player Brooks Koepka had a fresh outlook on not protecting his the lead, "I just didn't make the shots I needed to win. Congrats to Jimmy on that. He played very well. But just try to learn from the whole experience. Any time you can put yourself in that kind of pressure, it's always good. It you take something from it, that's even better."
The win comes In his eighth season and his 188th tournament. It also earns Walker a spot in the 2014 Masters Tournament, "I felt like I was good enough to be in them, play in them," Walker said. "There's always this big pressure to get into Augusta, and I would press here, press there. You want to be playing in the big stuff. That's what I'm aspiring to do -- play against the world's best."