Harman falls short of US Open Championship, Koepka rallies to claim Title

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

Koepka carded a closing 67 to finish 16 under par, matching the tournament scoring record set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011. "But can't complain the way I finished it off", Stricker said.

Koepka took a nontraditional route to his place in the game today, playing on the Challenge Tour overseas, which is to the European Tour what the Web.com Tour is to the PGA tour. I put myself in some good chances over the majors over the last few years and never really quite came through.

Koepka tied for 13th in last year's Open at Oakmont.

"And I felt confident all week, so to feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a major and coming down the stretch was pretty neat". "The anxiety aspect, he played the Ryder Cup previous year and said he wouldn't be nervous and he wasn't nervous". "I've just got to get on the greens and have that cup start to look a bit bigger". "I knew where I stood".

Matsuyama shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to pull within one of the lead, but Brooks Koepka birdied three straight holes to pull away to his first major championship. This is only his second U.S. Open, finishing 27th in 2015. His message was short and sweet.

"That second shot was unbelievable", said Koepka. For us it was like two minutes.

Harman was a three-time 2nd Team All-American during his time at Georgia.

A 12-times victor on the PGA Tour and the USA captain for this autumn's Presidents Cup, Stricker was denied a request for a special exemption into the field and had to qualify. "I'd like to see another one here, for sure". He was the best player on the course all day. "(He's) starting to figure it out and we're seeing it today. He just cruised and he played great. But he's definitely got some edge, a guy who gives little effs and is bristling beneath.

"I was like, 'I don't even want to play".

Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard. "I can still get there". I don't really think too far ahead usually.

He did birdie the 16th, but it was not enough, as he finished in second with a score of 12-under-par, tied with Hideki Matsuyama. He made three straight pars followed by three straight birdies on the heart of the course in the heat of the tournament on Sunday, and that is how U.S. Opens are taken with simplicity. "It feels incredible to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names".

By the time he got to No. 18, the only question remaining was whether or not he would break McIlroy's record.

But he had to settle for a tie for second with Harman, four strokes back of the champion.

"I hope the moment will come as soon as possible". "It would have been nice". But the low scoring went much deeper than that.

Matsuyama, the No. 4 player in the world rankings, was the highest-ranked player standing after the three top players failed to make the cut for the first time since the rankings debuted in 1986. After reaching 10 under through seven holes, he muffed two wedges and made triple bogey on his next hole.

Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with the winner's trophy with Jena Sims after his victory at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 18, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990. He entered folklore on Saturday with the 63 which represented the lowest score to par in US Open history.

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