The only time Brooks Koepka would need to return to Kazakhstan is for the sequel to “Borat.”
His days as a world-traveling, Euro Tour-card chasing kid are over. That much was clear after his comeback victory Sunday at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Just two years ago, he was ranked outside the top 430 in the world, playing in such far-flung locales as Kenya and Qatar. Now, after edging Ian Poulter by a shot in Turkey, the 24-year-old Koepka is ranked No. 35 in the world – an enviable position that will finally allow him to pick his own schedule, complete with all of the 2015 majors and World Golf Championship events.
Meanwhile, Poulter, who until recently had endured a miserable 2014 season, used his runner-up finish to return to the top 30 in the world. Despite previously recording only a pair of top-10s worldwide this season, the Englishman has posted back-to-back top-6s to jump from No. 40 to No. 26.
In Mexico, Charley Hoffman rallied with a final-round 66 to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the final event of the fall portion of the PGA Tour schedule. He cracked the top 70 (from No. 90 to No. 69) after capturing his third career PGA Tour title. Shawn Stefani’s solo second was good enough to move up 31 spots, from No. 141 to No. 110.
Here’s the top 10 in the world heading into the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai: world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.