Junio 22, 2017

Koepka wins US Open

19 Junio 2017, 05:16 | Gerardo Tarin

Winds whip up intrigue for final round US Open

Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said.

What was wonderful as well was the fact that the US Open field opened up completely after the top three in men's golf failed to even make the cut. Four chances to lose the U.S. Open.

Justin Thomas, who shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday-a record in relation to par-to reach Sunday's final pairing while in a second-place tie with Koepka and Fleetwood, struggled in the final round with a 3-over 75 and tied for ninth at 280.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the record of 28 at Medinah in 1990.

Brooks Koepka kisses the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Or as a member of two winning U.S. Walker Cup teams.

For the most part, the players loved the course, especially the young bombers who are taking over the game.

Fowler, as was the case in previous majors where he's contended, did nothing to put real pressure on the leaders.

In the history of the championship, from 1895 to 2016, six players total reached double-digits under par in the championship. Of course, it's hard to complain when you're putting up nothing but red numbers.

"If I could do it over again, I'd play baseball-100%, no doubt", he told Golf Digest in 2015. Had a couple get away from me today, but at the same time, I can't take anything away from how well he played.

Of course they did. 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. It was fun to play. But I thought it was great. "I saw I could have a 2-shot lead if I made that". The tournament pits the top amateurs from the US against Britain and Ireland.

Thomas suffered a bogey on three of his first five holes and never recovered.

While the big names were mostly gone from contention after two rounds, the relatively unknown Koepka emerged from the large group of unfamiliar names still remaining during the weekend, and his historic performance signals his arrival in a sport somewhat transitioning from a struggling old guard to exciting new kids. My timing was just a little bit off. "It was a case of "just keep doing what you're doing, you're going to win the thing".

His sister, Callie, served as his caddie at Erin Hills.

Rain early in the week left the greens uncharacteristically receptive for the first round.

However with strong winds ripping across the exposed, tree-less par-72 layout on Sunday, the odds on another low-scoring day lengthened.

He was two back of Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson heading into the last round at the 2014 Masters but shot 73 and never threatened.

Unlike Chambers Bay, Erin Hills was in pristine condition. And the scores were low because the greens were good.

HAIL THE KING: The 18th hole at Erin Hills had a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open.

Madison's Steve Stricker, who tied for 16th, suggested narrowing the fairways and thinning the fescue. His approach shots all seemed to finish within birdie range, and his tee shots regularly out-drove his competitor by 30 yards or more.

The long-hitting American traveled far and wide, from Kazakhstan to Kenya and mainland Europe, cramming into bed and breakfast rooms with fellow players, spending some nights sleeping in cars, and learning about life and how to win. If you didn't, bogeys followed.

It's OK for the USGA to let the best players in the world struggle, and know that even-par late Sunday will be a score contending for the trophy, not a tie for 32nd. So when that happened (on 13) it was kind of the changing point of the round for me. There are so many great ones to choose from.

"I don't believe in moral victories", Harman said.

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