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19 Junio 2017, 10:09 | Gerardo Tarin
THE BIG-HITTING Brooks Koepka moved into golf's major league at Erin Hills, storming clear down the closing stretch to win the U.S. Open by four shots with a record-equalling score of 16 under par. Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed, and Si Woo Kim only managed even-par or worse.
Heading to Sunday the U.S. Open was well and truly up for grabs with 16 players within six shots of the lead, none of whom had a major victory to their name. "Came up a little short", Matsuyama told reporters through an interpreter.
Part of the calculation, one could theorize, is that a little guy swinging all out and at one speed on every shot is a lot to ask when it comes to consistency, particularly in the heat of a final round and especially in a major. But a deft pitch was followed by an unerring putt from just inside seven feet. He carded three straight birdies on Nos.
He then drilled a 300-yard second shot to around eight feet before rolling in his eagle putt to roars from the galleries. "He wasn't missing shots. It means I have a lot better chance to win the tournament than I did when the day started".
Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard.
Neither got what they were looking for Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Scheffler plays for the University of Texas, and Champ plays for Texas A&M. Success was not long in arriving. Maybe he looked about the same when he won events, minor and majorish, in Spain, in Turkey, in Scotland, in Italy. One year later, however, he really took charge of Europe's second circuit. He came into this tournament No. 151 on the PGA Tour in fairways hit and No. 98 in greens in regulation.
His time in Europe was short-lived though.
He defended his title in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, beating Webb Simpson in a playoff at TPC Scottsdale. It was the 30th 63 in a major championship. He had three bogeys and two birdies on back nine, finishing with a 1-under 71.
"I've a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, even though I'm playing for 35th or 40th or whatever it was", a disappointed Lowry said.
"I felt confident all week".
"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. But back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 caused him to slip while Koepka was surging ahead. PHOTO: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. And I felt like I've put myself into contention so many times, and I don't want to say I got unlucky.
"I just need to keep it going. That was kind of the turning point of the round for me".
The 15th is short for a par 4 - on Sunday it played just 356 yards.
Koepka was playing in the penultimate group, with his only real rival, Brian Harman, in the day's final twosome. "It was windy and he shot five under, fair play".
"I feel like golf-wise I'm playing at the highest level". He posted the low round of the day. "And to play well today on top of it was extra special". We played well this week.
Matsuyama watched the finish on television in the clubhouse. I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it. I wish him well and congratulate him.
"I just hit a three-wood a touch left on 11, and I had to try and hit something out of the rough, and ended up in a tough spot behind the green", Fowler said. They're very much a similar player, where nothing seems to bother them.
And the prime beneficiary was Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with his record-breaking nine-under-par 63. Koepka was a cumulative 12-under on the back nine, with his only bogey coming Sunday on No. 10 thanks to a three-putt. No disgrace, but no cigar either.
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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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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. Given the list of illustrious names who could not survive past 36 holes here, special credit is due to Scottie Scheffler.
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Only eight shots separate the leaders from the players who made the cut on the number. "Is it really, you're kidding", Welke said. Open. "I think that can't be underestimated having your friend with you, whether you're in leading the US Open or anywhere".
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Jordan Spieth may not have finished in the top either, but he had one of the best rounds Sunday at -3. Fowler gave himself a break: "You kind of have to say, 'Hey, it's a major, I played well this week"'.