Fleetwood keen to build on US Open experience

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

"Going over to play the Challenge Tour was really cool, to get to travel the world at 22 and do what you do for a living is pretty neat", he told reporters with the gleaming silver US Open trophy by his side.

Bob Koepka was a left-handed pitcher in college and said Brooks, who played in his first golf tournament when he was 7, was a talented shortstop, catcher and pitcher.

"Bob looked at me and said, 'This kid's going to win majors".

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.

Koepka has an interesting background, having taken the unusual step for a USA player of beginning his professional career on this side of the Atlantic, first on the Challenge Tour and then the European Tour. He played in Kazakhstan and Madeira Island, Finland and Belgium.

Koepka's breakthrough came in September 2012 on the European Tour's secondary Challenge Tour when he won in Spain just three months after turning pro.

Asked about the low point, he said it came one night in Scotland when he called his agent and said he wanted to come home. "Even though I'm not in it - nowhere near it", he said. "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I only won once".

"That was kind of lights out", Harman said.

He stayed. He won.

Thomas was one stroke off the pace after 54 holes, firing a U.S. Open record 9-under round on Saturday, capped by an eagle on the 18th hole.

Rickie Fowler leads the US Open after shooting a seven-under 65 in the first round at Erin Hills.

The two remaining major championships, the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club both offer 600 points to the victor, and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational awards 550 points to the victor.

Those who saw him couldn't ignore the sheer athleticism, raw power and quiet confidence. And I got out there with the putter a little bit (Sunday) and all week.

"I know I played well previous year, but when I got to Oakmont I was licking my chops, thinking this is the type of golf that I like". This put him in second behind Brian Harman. Hideki Matsuyama shot 66 but started too far back.

All-in-all, the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills proved to be memorable, historic and exciting.

SPIETH SHINE: This is more like it for Jordan Spieth at a major.

Niebrugge had good things to say about Erin Hills, a first time host of such a major event.

Yes, both of them, neither to be mistaken with anything Tiger Woods has done over the years.

He captured the 2015 Phoenix Open but despite often putting himself in contention, the wins did not continue to flow and from 21 top-10 finishes on the US-based tour, he only had the one victory.

Shane Lowry is looking forward to a return to the type of US Open courses which produce "carnage" after the experiment with two new venues in the last three years.

"He's just really, really chill", said Koepka's caddie, Ricky Elliott. "It feels unbelievable to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names".

Asked about avoiding sectional qualifying next year, Schauffele said, "That's another thing I didn't know". Not a big fan of losing. I don't think anyone out here is.

"I'd won once on the (US) PGA Tour, once on the European Tour". He eschewed the beaten path to the PGA Tour - through the Web.com circuit - to play in Europe, where he thought he could improve his game, and his world ranking, more quickly.

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