Koepka caps record week with US Open title

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

"He loves golf himself".

ERIN, Wisconsin, June 18 Following are some snippets from the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

It was only fitting that Koepka left Erin Hills with yet another record matched or broken.

Koepka dropped just the one shot during an impressive round that saw him finish on 16 under par, four shots ahead of overnight leader Brian Harman and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

"It hasn't sunk in, obviously, and probably won't for a few days". "I don't know what to say right now but it's pretty cool".

Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard. Koepka simply couldn't miss.

"It was a long phone call for us - it was like two minutes", Koepka said. But it was an important 120 seconds. Johnson gave him some advice in that short little conversation-stay patient, don't get ahead of yourself. He led by two shots when he finished the third round, but had fallen behind by one by the time the final round began.

Quicker than you can say Xander Schauffele - T5 in this U.S. Open - golf got so very democratic.

Koepka, who finished at 16-under 272, became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years. And he banked $2.16 million.

"Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played", he said. It had to be today.

Although Harman has never come close to losing his PGA Tour card since qualifying for the 2012 season, pro success has come a bit slower. "So all around my game is pretty solid and I couldn't be happier". Matsuyama came storming home with a 66, the lowest round of the day. "But Brooks played so well today". "I don't believe in moral victories". "I mean, it gets to an A, A-plus with the putter".

"And I felt like I really stayed patient all week". But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game.

Tommy Fleetwood, who played alongside Koepka and closed with a 72 to finish fourth, played the Challenge Tour a year before Koepka arrived. Charley Hoffman (71) finished solo eighth at 9 under.

If casual golf fans knew only a little about Koepka - he had won once on the PGA Tour, he had played on America's winning Ryder Cup team a year ago - he changed that today with nerveless work in the heat of an Open Sunday. His talent is unquestioned, his power admired, and his laid-back demeanor envied by many. "I want to go home". "He's so unflappable, he could nearly do with a little bit of a kick in the ass because sometimes it's like, 'Are you awake yet?' But despite his mean face he's as calm as it gets".

"Keep doing what you're doing". He's only done it once so to win his national open, I think that'll take a while to sink in.

Koepka wasn't alone in clobbering Erin Hills.

The good news for the pair is perhaps this first-time majors thing is going to be a lasting trend. In the first round, 44 players broke par, a tournament record for the opening session. Or as a three-time second-team All-America golfer while at Georgia.

American Justin Thomas equalled the lowest score in major championship history yesterday - shooting nine-under. That's no longer the case, and the experience he gained at Erin Hills should help him should he once again be in contention for a major championship.

Thomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of the hunt by the middle of the front nine.

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