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Brooks Koepka US Open champion at Erin Hills
19 Junio 2017, 11:34 | Gervasio Siguenza
"I thought that the USGA did a phenomenal job this week of allowing the golf course to be what it is and play the way it's supposed to play - not trying to do anything to hold any kind of standard". Check and check As we have a new United States open champion.
As recently as 2014, Koepka said he called his manager before the final day of a European event (which he ended up winning) and said, "I don't want to play".
Koepka was four strokes better than Harman, who shot even par on Sunday, and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who shot 6 under Sunday to finish the championships at 12 under along with Harman. (It was his 15th major of his career.) It is decidedly uncommon for a player to win a major the first time he is in contention for one, but that's what Koepka did, wearing bright-white golf shoes that looked like basketball sneakers, a tight lime-green shirt with a big old swoosh on it and a surfer's suntan.
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Instead, he took off for Europe in 2013. "But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward".
"Not a lot (of Americans) do it". You look back at all the wins, even on the Challenge Tour. "Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly". He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion.
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.
None of the top 18 players on the leaderboard have won a major championship before and stars such as world No. 2 Rory McIlroy and Australia's Jason Day both missed the cut.
And that is something with which he's scuffled.
The scores were low at Erin Hills this weekend, and no one had a lower total that Brooks Koepka.
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.
The house shared by Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas not far from Erin Hills was supposed to be the scene of someone's breaking out party Sunday night... instead it served as the scene of post mortems. "They closed this course down in September, October, and nobody's played on it since". "But he's played so well in the majors, and played great in the Ryder Cup (at Hazeltine)".
"It was a long phone call for us, it was like two minutes".
Hence, the notion that the gifted Koepka, from a long line of fine athletes, including a great uncle (Dick Groat) who was National League MVP, was some sort of Big Chill of the PGA Tour.
"It gives you a good grounding", Fleetwood said. He drilled it in. He made good pars at the first two holes after shaky drives, birdied the third and turned in a 1-under-par 35.
And he kept building on that.
A solid approach on the par-4 11th allowed him to roll in for birdie and he repeated that on the 12th to go 4-under.
It all came together this week for the talented Koepka, who said he practiced patience and it paid off. "Into the wind ... that was pretty impressive". If they're not willing to regulate the distance the modern professional hits the ball by way of equipment standards, the only thing that remains is course setup. As Brian Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one.
That is about as emotional as he gets. The fairways at Erin Hills were a mile wide and Koepka was playing out of them.
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