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19 Junio 2017, 11:49 | Gerardo Tarin
"He's just like Dustin, I would say".
Jordan Spieth's little sister was asking more than he could deliver at Erin Hills.
Despite playing well last fall for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Koepka remained relatively unknown by casual golf fans.
" My concentration was so good that day that I caught myself immediately every time I began to think ahead".
"Had a couple get away from me today, but at the same time, I can't take anything away from how well (Koepka) played".
"Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, just stay patient", said Koepka.
Players were delighted in the sticker-shock tone of the tournament, saying it was playing more like a regular PGA Tour event where birdies are plentiful. But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game.
"Obviously the wind picked up and I felt like that played right into my hand", said Koepka, who considers himself a good ball-striker and good putter. I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. In fact you have to look down to 17th place on the leaderboard before you find a major victor in South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion. I felt [Saturday] I played great. He made three straight pars followed by three straight birdies on the heart of the course in the heat of the tournament on Sunday, and that is how U.S. Opens are taken with simplicity.
Koepka won by four over third-round leader Brian Harman (70), who was done in by back-to-back bogeys when Koepka was making his run, and Hideki Matsuyama, whose 66 was the day's best round. "But, at the same time, I don't feel like I lost a golf tournament, I think Brooks went out and won the tournament".
Be in the know and enjoy the benefit of one-click access to the Republican-American.Click into our Express Log In and each day's top stories will keep yourself informed, engaged, and entertained with valuable real news from your town. I hit some bad drives on 1 and 2, but made some pars, made a great birdie on 3, and then just I kind of thought if I parred, kept parring, I was going to have a really good chance.
But the American then paid the price for an over-aggressive birdie attempt on the 10th which sailed past the hole leaving an awkward putt to save par.
On Sunday at Erin Hills, he earned a place in history. "We could either kill each other or it could be an awesome week", Brooks said before it started. His only bogey on the back nine for the entire tournament was on 10.
Nine players reached double-digits under-par at some point during the tournament, also a U.S. Open record.
Henderson won twice previous year, taking the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major, and successfully defending her title in the Cambia Portland Classic. 15 was the best shot I thought he hit all day.
The wide-open golf course relies on the wind as its greatest defence and those teeing off in the morning saw how hard the course can play.
Spieth credited the USGA, which had been under fire the last two Opens, for doing "a fantastic job" this week.
And when he completed his hat-trick from 16 feet on the 16th, all that was left to decide was whether he would equal or break McIlroy's record. Now if you wanted to see some excellent golf this group would likely be at the top of your list.
The buddies who shared a house near Erin Hills also shared the misery after a wind-swept final round in which they never got themselves into the mix. "There was no unfairness whatsoever".
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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.