Brooks Koepla Wins a Record-Setting US Open

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

"I just get a little jittery and shaky", he said, adding, "I was so mad at myself for that". I was just trying to get as low as I could. "So I did a really good job of staying present, staying focused on the next shot".

Brian Harman had the lead at 12 under coming into the day.

Matsuyama got off to a fast start with three birdies in his first five holes, including a 41-foot putt from just off the green on No. 4.

Koepka birdied both Nos. 14-16 to create plenty of distance between himself and the rest of the field. "He went out and won the tournament on the back nine".

ERIN, Wisconsin He walked to the 18th green to a rousing ovation and left it as the U.S. Open clubhouse leader, though at five under par Steve Stricker eventually finished 11 strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka. This year was also the first time that the runner-up finished double digits below par (the top seven on this year's leaderboard all did so).

The two Americans, the closest thing to household names and/or favorites on a third-round leaderboard full of players looking for their first major, were left to tip their hat to countryman Brooks Koepka, who played close-to-flawless golf and tied the U.S. Open record at 16-under par.

Mullinax shot 68 on Sunday to tie for ninth at 8 under, eight shots behind victor Brooks Koepka.

Tommy Fleetwood of England finished fourth at 277.

It was a frustrating day for Justin Thomas, who had shot an Open-record 9-under 63 on Saturday.

At 13 under par the American pair enjoyed a two-shot lead over Fleetwood, who had holed from eight feet for birdie on the second before three-putting the next.

"I was hoping to back-door a top 25", he said.

"He was phenomenal - I would've like to have played like that".

If any doubt remained over who was going to succeed Dustin Johnson as the victor of the year's second major, Koepka ensured his victory was inevitable by rolling in yet another birdie on the par-three 16th.

Miller, though impressed by Thomas' round which included an eagle, nine birdies and two bogeys, was not exactly in awe.

Harman hadn't made a bogey all week on the back nine, but he made three with the noose of pressure tightening and his closing six on the long 18 dropped him back to a share of second with Matsuyama.

Not surprisingly, Koepka also wants to see another Open at Erin Hills. "We´re breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped.

"It was bombs away; I loved it, " he said of the inviting fairways. "And I got hot with the putter", Koepka said. "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said.

Paul McGinley and Andrew Coltart congratulate Brooks Koepka on his composed performance that led him to the US Open title at Erin Hills. Li turned professional at age 16 and won the Volvo China Open last year on the European Tour, securing a two-year membership and qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

At Erin Hills on Sunday, the story of the day before the leaders teed off was the course itself.

Koepka's US Open victory is now the seventh consecutive major that has been claimed by a first-time champion, and when taking into account the performances from the likes of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in Wisconsin, the streak could well be extended to eight at The Open next month.

Those accomplishments were just a lead-up to Sunday's life-changing, record-tying victory.

Asked about avoiding sectional qualifying next year, Schauffele said, "That's another thing I didn't know".

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