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19 Junio 2017, 11:15 | Gerardo Tarin
Koepka, playing the back nine first, birdied four of his first seven holes.
Japan'sHideki Matsuyama, who closed with the day's best score (66) and American Brian Harman (72) shared runner-up honors at 12-under 276. In fact he made a mad rush to the finish, birding 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18 to enter the clubhouse only a shot back. That merely added to the drama, though, as a crowded field sorted itself out in a taut U.S. Open finish. After his second shot found the bunker, Koepka made an impressive shot to set up a short birdie putt to provide him with a two-stroke lead.
It was Matsuyama's best finish in a major, another high in a topsy-turvy season.
Koepka is trying for his first major championship. Your outlook on that depends on if you like your cup half full or half empty.
The fairways were the widest in US Open history and Koepka took full advantage, averaging 307 yards off the tee and hitting 88% of them across the four rounds, tied fourth overall.
At 13-under on the 13th hole, Koepka was in the lead but still under plenty of pressure. "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said about Koepka, who clinched his victory with a run of three birdies in a row from the 14th.
"I'm excited to be playing in this tournament, but I'm approaching it as a way to move up the ladder and not as an event that I won't ever play in again", he said a few days before the tournament began.
"I don't see it turning into a situation that gets out of control, like people saw in 1992". Matsuyama didn't need to stick around very long.
"It bites a little bit right now", Harman said. "This will lead to more good tournaments, I'm sure".
"He was phenomenal - I would've like to have played like that".
Little-known American golferBrooks Koepka won the 117th U.S. Open championship Sunday for his first major title at the age of 27. He had chances at the British Open and PGA that year, as well, but his play got overshadowed by others. "So it was pretty cool to get that, and to play well today on top of it was extra special". "That's the reason I had so much confidence coming down, especially with the par five coming up, knowing that I needed to birdie that".
"So, to feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a major and coming down the stretch, was pretty neat". He missed the second green with a sand wedge, and he missed a short par putt on No. 4 after he thought he almost chipped in, only for the wind to blow the ball back some 4 feet. He posted 1.750 putts per GIR, taking 29 total putts.
Fleetwood was a lowly 188th in the world rankings last September, but has reaped the rewards of returning to his former coach Alan Thompson and employing his friend Ian Finnis - the husband of former England women's goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis - as his caddie. "But can't complain the way I finished it off", Stricker said. I built off that putt and expanded on it. "I got in a hazard on one". Hot enough to burn back Matsuyama's charge and Harman's relentlessness.
"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. "DJ (his pal Dustin Johnson) called me last night". I just tried to stay away from it. He won the next day to graduate to the European Tour. His name may be lesser-known to a wider audience but it's a win that shocks no one who follows the game and one that could be a sign of more to come.
"When I was a young junior golfer, I definitely perceived myself contending in majors".
"I felt really comfortable yesterday".
"The way I felt Saturday and Sunday, you never quite know how you will react and it was all new".
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Miller, though impressed by Thomas' round which included an eagle, nine birdies and two bogeys, was not exactly in awe. The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. "It bites a little bit right now.
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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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Brooks Koepka wins US Open title
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"'.