Koepka wins his first PGA title in Phoenix

Sun Feb 1, 2015 6:26pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Well-traveled American Brooks Koepka used an eagle-three at the 15th hole to jump ahead of a crowded leaderboard and win the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one stroke on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

The 24-year-old Koepka, who broke into professional golf in Europe, rolled in a 51-foot putt from short of the green at the par-five 15th to vault over four players.

Koepka, ranked 33rd in the world, carded a five-under-par 66 for a total of 15-under-par 269.

Masters champion Bubba Watson (65), 22-year-old Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (67) and American Ryan Palmer (66) tied for second.

Scotsman Martin Laird, the 54-hole leader, was tied with Koepka until he bogeyed the driveable par-four 17th with his first three-putt after going 95 consecutive holes without one.

Laird then found water with his drive at 18 and took a double-bogey to register a 72 for 12-under, a total shared by Spanish amateur Jon Rahm, who closed with a 68.

The self-assured Koepka claimed his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines event in November after winning four times on the European Challenge Tour.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Gene Cherry)

 
Brooks Koepka putts on 18 to finish the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a three-way tie for second at 10 under par at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Tom Tingle-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports