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Koepka wins first major championship at US Open

19 Junio 2017, 09:05 | Gerardo Tarin

Spieth had struggled on the greens all week at Erin Hills and both of his bogeys on Sunday came from three-putting, but the former world number one was pleased not to have "thrown in the towel". He used the pivotal stretch to pull away and finish the championships at 16-under 272. If you told him at the start of the week he'd shoot 12 under par at the U.S. Open and not be the guy holding the trophy, he'd have taken the bet in a heartbeat.

"That's awesome", Koepka said. "That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day it's pretty neat. It was, like, two minutes", Koepka said.

Brooks Koepka reacts after scoring a birdie on the 15th hole.

Tommy Fleetwood of England finished fourth at 277. Koepka finally took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 8.

Koepka moved to 14-under with a birdie at the par-5 14th hole. And then he made birdie on the next hole. She thought for a second and replied, "16 birdies".

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.

Third round leader Brian Harman, who had led by one-shot at the start of the round, finished second on 12 under after an even-par 72.

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said.

"I've never contended for a major before, so when you get to Saturday and Sunday you've got to see how you react and how you feel", said Fleetwood, who bounced back from three bogeys in six holes on the front nine to birdie the ninth and 14th. He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine. "Obviously, today I definitely had something to show for it". "To try to go out there and try to get in a top five or trying to get up near the lead is not what I play for, but, unfortunately, that's really all I was dealt, so it's what I had to try to do".

"I felt I had a good game plan", Harman said. "I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him".

The 30-year-old from Georgia had never gone past the second round in a US Open before this year, missing the cut on his two previous visits in 2012 and 2015. We had one day like this, and the scores were more like an Open. Unable to get up and down Harman bogeyed to leave Koepka clear on 13 under. But he's got talent throughout the bag, showing it over four days at Erin Hills to win the national championship.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. Here's the rest of the purse breakdown for the 66 pros who made the cut. "That was kind of lights out", Harman said.

Sharing fifth were Americans Xander Schauffele (69), Bill Haas (69) and Rickie Fowler (72) at 10-under. Sure, golf immortality as a major champion, but a hefty $2.16 million to the victor is a nice bit of change. "I can't fault his work ethic, which is a massive part of it for me".

Cameron Champ was the lowest amateur heading into the final round, but he finished with a 4-over 76 to drop back to even par for the tournament. Still, the Madison-area native hopes the USGA's signature championship returns. "To be honest, I'm not a big golf nerd." he added. "And to play well today on top of it was extra special".



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