The rising Japanese superstar then poured in five back-nine birdies to send a scare into what had been shaping as a match play shootout between Koepka and Brian Harman with other overnight contenders flailing. He earned $2.16 million, his nation's championship and the comfort of knowing the far-flung trips to Kenya and Kazakhstan and India and beyond are all in the rearview mirror.
Only McIlroy and Tiger Woods had previously finished double digits under par in the game's toughest test, while no runner-up had ever managed such a total.
"I don't believe in moral victories", Harman said.
So, I think I didn't really understand the beef that it was getting for the low scores. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days". Fowler shot 72 and finished at 10 under, in a tie for fifth.
Koepka's birdie run from 14-16 was the culmination of a dominant stretch on the back nine all week.
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.
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Harman had been tied with Koepka after his birdie putt on the third did a full circuit of the hole before dropping in, but found heavy rough off the tee on the 12th to make only his third bogey of the week.
He walked to the 18th green to a rousing ovation and left it as the U.S. Open clubhouse leader, though at five under par Steve Stricker eventually finished 11 strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka.
Patrick Reed finished with a closing 74 and Eddie Pepperell ended the week on five under, with Masters champion Sergio Garcia carding a level-par 72.
"You've got to put four good rounds together", Matsuyama said through an interpreter. "He went out and won the tournament on the back nine". "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".
"I didn't play how I wanted to (in the final round)", Fleetwood told Sky Sports. But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost the golf tournament.
He was at 14-under par at the turn. Not so much that one person's winning or another person's winning.
"The par save on 13".
"I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", Spieth said.
As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.
"That is an issue for a lot of us, " said Russell Henley, a teammate of Harman's at Georgia who tied for 27th at the U.S. Open. The rest of the pack progressively dropped back including Saturday's headliner in Justin Thomas, who succumbed to bogeys in three of the first five holes.
U.S. Open champion BrooksKoepka revealed a phone call from Dustin Johnson helped him stay patient during the final round at Erin Hills. He also extends the streak of first-time major winners to seven. "I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works".
"I saw I could have a two-shot lead if I made that".
Q. Tommy Fleetwood was just saying that he'll draw upon this next time he steps up to the tee in a major championship.
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