Koepka cruises to win US Open, first major

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

"Came up a little bit short".

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.

Brooks Koepka captured his maiden major championship at the US Open after recording a joint tournament low score of 16-under par at Erin Hills.

"To get to travel the world at 22, 21 years old, and do what you do for a living is pretty neat", Koepka said. "I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works". Harman bogeyed his second straight hole at 13 to fall two shots behind Koepka.

Koepka carried a one-stroke lead into the back nine after a birdie at No. 8, but quickly fell back into a tie with Harman. "I struck the ball the same way I have been [all week]". Hopefully though, in future majors I can play in the last or next to last group to give myself a better chance. "So I think that was kind of the changing point of the round for me".

He birdied two of the next three holes following his bogeys on Nos.

Koepka moved to 14-under with a birdie at the par-5 14th hole.

He never mounted a charge, shot even-par 72 and ended up six shots behind victor Brooks Koepka.

"I think it's an awesome golf course", Jordan Spieth said after finishing at 1 over par. "This wind is now light compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds".

"I felt like that has been the thing lately with me, why I haven't really played that well, I've been trying to win so badly". Still, after holing out, Koepka offered nothing more than a modest fist pump and a hug of his caddie. Harman was a three-time 2nd team All-American at UGA. He won the next day to graduate to the European Tour.

"He's proven for a long time how good he is; now he's done it in a major", playing partner Fleetwood said. As recently as a couple of years ago he didn't seem to thrilled about his career choice. "No regrets, but I did play well".

"There's a big couple of months coming up and I feel like my game is in decent condition. Golf is kind of boring, not much action".

Koepka, is one of a handful of young golfers looking to take the torch from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the final round as heavy winds pummeled the links-style layout adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major. He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion.

"Obviously, that's just one shot, but that was a pretty big turn", Thomas said of the bogey on No. 4.

Sixteen under is what Rory McIlory shot when he won the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional and nobody has ever shot a lower score in an Open, relative to par.

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said.

Matsuyama's best round of the day included eight birdies offset by two bogeys. But he started the day six shots out of the lead.

But he had to settle for a tie for second with Harman, four strokes back of the champion. "But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward".

Justin Thomas, the hero of the third round after a record-breaking nine-under-par 63, saw his challenge wilt with a three-over-par 75.

"But he just said a few things, and just stay patient". "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine".

T5. Bill Haas (-10): I don't think we mentioned Haas' name enough considering the golf he put together over the last three days (68-68-69).

"It was a tough day out there, " Fowler said. "To finish in double digits, under par at a major championship, especially the U.S. Open, it was a good week".

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