Koepka caps record week with Open title

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Fleetwood, who was hoping to become the third English victor since 1924 after Tony Jacklin (1970) and Justin Rose (2013), began the day in a tie for second and made an encouraging start with a birdie from eight feet on the second.

And victory for any of the top 16 players on the leaderboard would extend the streak of first-time major winners to seven, a run dating back to Jason Day's win in the 2015 US PGA.

World No.13 Justin Thomas dropped to eight-under with a 75 a day after setting the record for lowest round relative to par in US Open history with a nine-under 63.

But Koepka would not be blown off course producing a near-flawless final round, subduing the winds with a mix of power and precision.

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.

Brian Harman was looking to beat out Phil Mickelson to become the first left-handed US Open victor, but a level-par 72 wasn't enough to challenge Koepka's eventual lead.

Matsuyama surged into contention after making three gains in four holes from the 10th, before cancelling out a blemish at the 15th with birdies at the 16th and 18th to set the target at 12 under.

"Yeah, no doubt. I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", the fifth-ranked player in the world said.

Koepka then frittered a golden chance to regain the lead on the 11th, but was unable to convert a nervy nine-foot putt for birdie. Teeing off in the second to last group, Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13-under par and the big American would never trail again. It was McIlroy who also shot 16-under-par in winning his U.S. Open title at Congressional Country Club outside Washington in 2011. It was an accomplishment that wasn't lost on golf's newest major champion, even if his father and other family members weren't in attendance at Erin Hills on Sunday and missed one of Koepka's appearances at a major for the first time.

"If you had told me I was going to shoot 12-under this year at a U.S. Open and not win, I would have taken the bet for sure", he said. Koepka was tied for second place after Saturday's competition. Koepka bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, marking the first time he registered a bogey on the back nine during the tournament.

In the early hours of this morning, the American, who had previously won just once on the USPGA Tour (Phoenix Waste Management Open in 2015), claimed a four-shot victory. More than worrying about the uncertainty of his career, he was trying to figure a way to close one of these big ones out.

Harman is the third UGA golfer to finish 2nd at the U.S. Open, joining Chip Beck and Erik Compton. "I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works". "So it was pretty cool to get that, and to play well today on top of it was extra special". He's always been a solid player, and I think now he is starting to realize he's got what it takes.

After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the final round as heavy winds pummelled the links-style layout adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - On the last day of the U.S. Open, Hideki Matsuyama was better than everyone else. His most recent win overall came on the Japan Golf Tour, when he won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in November 2016, shooting 21-under. Fowler, 28, resurrected his hopes of a maiden major title on Saturday with a four-under-par 68. Their minds are going to wander, to drift off to thinking about what happens if I win the US Open.

"I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just, exhausted of golf".

"I feel like I'm playing at the highest level", Fowler said.

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