Junio 22, 2017

Brooks Koepka Wins 2017 US Open

19 Junio 2017, 01:00 | Gerardo Tarin

Brooks Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open on Sunday afternoon at Erin Hills, finishing the tournament having shot 16-under par. There were 133 subpar rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open.

"That second shot was unbelievable - that pin is hanging off the back", Koepka said. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days".

Although he wasn't in quite the same league as his playing partner during the final stretch, Fleetwood was keen to take the positives while still commending Koepka's achievement.

Koepka made three birdies on the back nine, including a lovely putt on 16. Koepka was tied for second place after Saturday's competition. He's in the British Open field and felt he'd also qualify for this season's PGA Championship. Koepka, playing one group ahead of Harman, is at 13 under.

Harman dropped back on the back nine after going bogey-free on the final nine holes over his first three rounds.

Matsuyama shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to pull within one of the lead, before Brooks Koepka pulled away to win his first major championship.

"I played really well", said Matsuyama, 25, who put himself in a hole with an opening-round 74.

Harman finished with a bogey on 18.

"Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, just stay patient", said Koepka.

"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today". I'd never teed off this late before, so that was different.

"It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under", Thomas said.

Kopeka came into the day amongst a quintet of players that were at 10-under or better, and was seemingly the only one to withstand a fierce, day-long win and the slightly drier conditions because of the gusts. He followed that up with birdies on the next three holes.

Nonetheless, the birdie that started the string of three straight did wonders for Koepka's confidence. Unable to get up and down Harman bogeyed to leave Koepka clear on 13 under.

"I should have made that up-and-down on 18, " a grinning Koepka, 27, said.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.

Koepka became the third straight American to win the title.

"After that, it was kind of lights out", Harman said.

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.

Coming into this round four with a crowded field at the top of the leaderboard, Koepka, like a thoroughbred in the final straight, chose to pull away, making three birdies in a row on the back nine to leave the rest of the competition behind.

"I didn t exactly get my dad a card, so this works".

Koepka was true to his word and four years later he's the U.S. Open champion.

Another major, another maiden champion.

Fleetwood was a lowly 188th in the world rankings last September, but has reaped the rewards of returning to his former coach Alan Thompson and employing his friend Ian Finnis - the husband of former England women's goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis - as his caddie. "I'd be a big fan of that".

So, I think I didn't really understand the beef that it was getting for the low scores.

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