Koepka became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years. Despite facing a jumbled leaderboard with a multitude of contenders making birdies all around him, Koepka stayed true to his game and executed when it mattered most. "On some of these par fives I don't even need to hit driver to get there and I putted brilliantly this week too". It was McIlroy who also shot 16-under-par in winning his U.S. Open title at Congressional Country Club outside Washington in 2011.
So Koepka played nine practice holes with Scheffler, which turned out to be enough to usher him to victory on Sunday.
"And I felt confident all week, so to feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a major and coming down the stretch was pretty neat". "So I think that was the changing point of the round". It's not the longest hole and one that mitigated Koepka's distance advantage.
Brian Harman was obviously disappointed with his bogey to finish. "But can't complain the way I finished it off", Stricker said. "The guys who do a really good job of that today are going to have a chance to win". "But, at the same time, I don't feel like I lost a golf tournament, I think Brooks went out and won the tournament". After three all-American seasons at Florida State, the Florida-native made a decision to start his career in Europe instead of America. He won the next day to graduate to the European Tour. He also tied for 11th in the Masters, but his game dropped off a bit from there. As recently as a couple of years ago he didn't seem to thrilled about his career choice. "I think it's an awesome course", he said.
Fowler gave himself a break: "You kind of have to say, 'Hey, it's a major, I played well this week"'. Koepka won five total events in Europe, where he met his Scottish caddie, Ricky Elliot, and learned to handle windy links courses, similar to the setup at Erin Hills. "I mean, 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".
Brooks Koepka walked up to the eighteenth tee on Sunday afternoon with a comfortable lead over his nearest challenger, Brian Harman. - Fowler confident - Rickie Fowler was two behind Harman on 10 under after a four-under-par 68 which kept him firmly in contention.
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While he faded on the back nine, he carded a level par round of 72 to finish fourth. "That's what we've been working on, but maybe a day like today is all it needed to just kind of calm down". "It was, like, two minutes", Koepka said.
"Anytime you've seen the golf courses, US Open golf venues work back towards even par, there are complaints".
"If you had told me I was going to shoot 12-under this year at the U.S. Open and not win, I would have taken that bet for sure, " Harman said.
"If it was like this [windy] all week, two-under would be leading", said Els following his final round 74 to finish at seven-over for the tournament. He ends his weekend at Erin Hills at 1 over.
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The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. By the time Ravindra Jadeja took a well-judged catch off Hardik Pandya to remove Zaman, the team's total had reached 200.
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Koepka then frittered a golden chance to regain the lead on the 11th, but was unable to convert a nervy nine-foot putt for birdie. Here's the rest of the purse breakdown for the 66 pros who made the cut. "That was kind of lights out", Harman said.
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Brooks Koepka wins US Open, Fowler finishes 6 shots behind
Thomas was in the final group with Brian Harman , the third-round leader, and they did not tee off until almost 3 p.m. local time. Opens, on different courses in a different era, told the new victor , "You don't know it, but your life has changed overnight".
Hideki Matsuyama closes with 6-under 66 in US Open
After a poor shot on the par-3 13th, Koepka made a long putt to save par and keep him one stroke ahead of Matsuyama in the lead. Brian Harman was a stroke behind and a hole back, while players such as Tommy Fleetwood and Rickie Fowler stayed in the hunt.
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He did birdie the 16th, but it was not enough, as he finished in second with a score of 12-under-par, tied with Hideki Matsuyama . He closed with a 5-under 67, only realizing after his par on the final hole that a birdie would have set yet another U.S.