US Open 2017: A look at the numbers from Erin Hills

Solenn Plantier
Juin 26, 2017

"Came up a little bit short".

But afterwards the American signposted his time in Europe which brought victories in Spain, Italy, Scotland and Turkey as instrumental in his success.

In doing so, he reached the pinnacle of a professional journey that began five years ago on Europe's secondary Challenge Tour.

"I called (agent) Blake Smith the night of the third round (of the Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore)", Koepka said after collecting a record first prize of $2.16million (€1.93million) at Erin Hills. "If I learnt anything, it's that you've got to put four good rounds together".

"I don't want to say homesick, I was just exhausted of golf and exhausted of travelling", said Koepka, who won four times on the European Challenge Tour between September 2012 and June 2013. "But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward".

"If I could do it over again, I'd play baseball-100 percent, no doubt", Koepka said. "Even though I had the lead, I just wanted to get out". I don't even know what was going on. This year at Erin Hills, it was a little different and it fostered a brand new victor.

"I thought the way my game sets up I think I can win multiple times a year, I really do. Winning's winning. It's hard to do, especially in golf".

Adam Hadwin opened the U.S. Open with a round to remember, but closed with a day to forget Sunday, at Wisconsin's Erin Hills golf course. It wouldn't be long before he carried that winning formula back to the United States.

He joins Paul Azinger (1993 PGA Championship), Hubert Green (1977 U.S. Open and 1985 PGA Championship) and Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Tournament) has those former Noles who have bought home major titles. His Ryder Cup debut previous year at Hazeltine helped him cope with the pressure this weekend. That was Koepka's first taste of the loudest platform in golf, and an experience that undoubtedly provided an assist this past week. "I kind of wish I'd stuck with it". "I don't get too nervous", he added. "It was something I thought was important, just to stay focussed and keep the pedal down". That decisive mentality is what ultimately helped to separate him from the rest.

He won that tournament, made it to the regular European Tour, and then made it home to the PGA Tour. "This is major No. 1 and hopefully many more to come".

"I don't think I've got that much of an edge because I've not played the golf course enough", said Everton fan Fleetwood, who got his hands on the Claret Jug at Goodison Park in April at a promotional event.

"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said.

"I am long out there", Stricker said of his stature in the 50-and-over crowd. "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I only won once". "Just don't get ahead of yourself", said Koepka. Open champ Brooks Koepka remains a decent value. "But it's a totally different feel and atmosphere than what I just did here this week".

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