"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.
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"It bites a little bit right now. To try to go out there and try to get in a top-5 or trying to get up near the lead is not what I play for, but, unfortunately, that's really all I was dealt, so it's what I had to try to do". But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game. He carded three straight birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.
Since the aforementioned five major stretch that culminated in a second-place tie in last year's Masters, Spieth's last five majors finishes have been T37, T30, T13, T11 and, in this U.S. Open, a tie for 35th.
The 25-year-old Matsuyama could take some comfort and pride in matching the best finish ever by a Japanese in a men's major set by Hall of Famer Isao Aoki, runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. After his consecutive bogeys, he birdied on the long par-5 14th hole, and again at 16.
Brooks Koepka secured the first major of his career by surging to glory to win the US Open in some style at Erin Hills on Sunday (18 June).
One by one the contenders dropped off Sunday afternoon.
Heading into the 12th hole, Harman and Koepka were tied at 13-under. Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed, and Si Woo Kim only managed even-par or worse.
He steadied his hands and sank the shot to record the lowest score in relation to par in US Open history. Another bogey at the 18th gave him a tie for second with Matsuyama.
Harman held a one-shot lead over three golfers entering the final round, including Koepka.
"I've been in lots of golf tournaments".
The low scoring suggested the 11-year-old course was a cream puff, hardly the USGA's idea of the ultimate test in golf.
Harman, playing in the final pairing immediately behind Koepka, then rolled in a 29-foot birdie putt on the third to join Koepka at the top of the leaderboard.
Miller, though impressed by Thomas' round which included an eagle, nine birdies and two bogeys, was not exactly in awe.
Koepka raced out the blocks with birdies at the first and second to hit the front on his own and never looked back. "We´re breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped. "You could hit it far and the fairways were generous enough you could still miss it and hit the fairway, and that was a big plus for me", said Koepka in his winner's interview.
Koepka channeled some of his Ryder Cup moxie (where he went 3-1 as a rookie) to leapfrog all challengers to hoist the trophy, and he did everything he needed to on the Sunday of the U.S. Open.
It had the hallmarks of a classic contest - until Brooks Koepka put the foot down.
And the 26-year-old from Southport, who finished a shot ahead of world number one Dustin Johnson to claim his second European Tour title in Abu Dhabi in January, paid tribute to Finnis.
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