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Brooks Koepka wins Phoenix Open in style
Brooks Koepka earned his stripes with victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open ending with a final round of five-under to seal his first PGA Tour win.
Koepka made a 20-foot eagle putt on the 15th propelling him into the lead and eventually the title, after rounds of 71, 68, 64 and 66.
The American finished on -15, one shot ahead of a pack that included Scotland's Martin Laird who had led going into the final round.
Of his putt on 15 Koepka said: "I left every long putt short today.
"I said to my caddie, 'I'm finally going to get this one there."
It was the 24-year-old’s second victory in a stellar field after triumphing at last year’s Turkish Airlines Open.
Victory jn the desert has now propelled the big-hitting youngster to 19th in the world rankings.
"It's unbelievable,” added Koepka.
"I didn't think I would work my way up this quickly, but playing the Challenge and European tours led to this. And especially the failure I've had. I can't tell you how much I learned from that."
Laird had pushed the American all the way but faltered by bogeying the 17th and then double bogeying the 18th hole to surrender and give Koepka a one-shot victory.
Laird eventually finishing in tied fifth position alongside Spaniard Jon Rahm.
Masters champion Bubba Watson and Ryan Palmer were both tied for second on the leaderboard alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, all finishing the tournament -14.
Watson was philosophical despite just missing out.
“At the start of the week, I’d be happy just having a chance on Sunday, but when push comes to shove, we always want a little bit more,” he said.
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