Brooks Koepka runs away late to win 117th US Open

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

But Koepka's first of what could be multiple major championships was more than just force on the longest course in the history of the U.S. Open.

Brooks Koepka, in a tie for second with Thomas and a shot behind surprise leader Brian Harman, made the ideal start with birdies on the first and second to move into the outright lead, only for Harman to respond on the third with a birdie putt that did a full circuit of the hole before dropping in.

A huge par saver on the 13 was immediately followed by exemplary birdie putts on the 14, 15 and 16 to ultimately reach 16 under - the same final score as Rory McIlroy famously won with and shattered all US Open scoring records in 2011.

In the end, the 50-year-old Stricker marvelled at the way the young, big hitters handled Erin Hills, which at around 7,800 yards was the longest course ever for a U.S. Open. The Englishman finished solo-fourth at Erin Hills, which not only earns him a return trip to the U.S. Open next year at Shinnecock Hills, it also gets him into the Masters next April.

The big-hitting 27-year-old fired six birdies and a solitary bogey to finish four shots ahead of overnight leader Brian Harman and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, whose closing 66 will take him to second in the world rankings.

"Two weeks ago, just before I came up here, I spoke to one of the course designers, Ron Whitten", Nobilo said on Golf Channel's Live From the U.S. Open show Sunday night, "and I said, 'can you give me an estimation on what might the winning score be here?' He said, 'if the wind blows, four under". I mean, that's great.

Fresh off his record-breaking third round, Justin Thomas is tumbling down the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.

But the American then paid the price for an over-aggressive birdie attempt on the 10th which sailed past the hole leaving an awkward putt to save par. There were 133 subpar rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open. "So I did a really good job of staying present, staying focused on the next shot".

Matsuyama's best round of the day included eight birdies offset by two bogeys.

Brooks Koepka was virtually flawless on Friday, shooting 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Erin Hills while most of the field faltered in the toughest, windiest conditions of the tournament.

On Sunday, the Abbotsford, B.C. native made three double bogeys in a row beginning at the eighth hole and finished the championship at nine-over par, with an eight-over final round of 80.

"It was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", Spieth said, per Will Gray of Golf Channel. He was 2 under at the turn, and then really poured it on when he hit the back nine. He said that coming off the 18th green, his caddie, Michael Greller, cracked, "We just needed these conditions every day". He was the best player on the course all day.

Nobody else threatened, as Fowler and Fleetwood failed to make significant charges with 72s. He parred each of the final holes to lock up the title.

"I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had", said Casey, who played in the afternoon. Erin Hills is a course that is nearly impossible for an 85-shooter to play in even 95 shots, and that recreational golfer would likely go through at least a sleeve of balls. But no regrets. I didn't think we were playing that slow, but when they gave us the word, we played a lot quicker on 16 and 17.

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