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19 Junio 2017, 03:37 | Gerardo Tarin
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The 27-year-old Koepka tied the U.S. Open record for lowest 72-hole score in relation to par that was set by Rory McIlroy in 2011. "It was one of those things, I think I had played so many weeks in a row, not a day off, it really got to me". "I think Tiger had the best winning percentage of all time at 30 percent, and you're lucky to even sniff close to 10".
The final-hole struggle was in marked contrast to his second-round rally, when he became the first player from China to make the cut at a US Open, according to US Golf Association records. Then he made two straight, Koepka ran off three birdies, and as Harman describes, "It was lights out".
"Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played", he said. I think it's so much fun. But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more. This year, nine players reached at least 10 under, and seven finished there. But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament. Today my game wasn't quite there, but still got it round in level par.
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Kopeka came into the day amongst a quintet of players that were at 10-under or better, and was seemingly the only one to withstand a fierce, day-long win and the slightly drier conditions because of the gusts. In 2014, he was named rookie of the year in Europe and was also nominated for rookie of the year honours on the PGA Tour after two top-10s back home. As recently as a couple of years ago he didn't seem to thrilled about his career choice. A bunch of people told me that. "To be honest, I'm not a big golf nerd".
"There are so many (courses) to choose from, (but) I'm sure at some point, it will come back here". Spieth played in the most hard windy conditions of the day during his morning round.
Curtis Strange, a victor of two U.S. Opens, on different courses in a different era, told the new victor, "You don't know it, but your life has changed overnight". He's a good golfer himself. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day all made early exits, while Jordan Spieth was never really in contention.
Brian Harman could have secured sole possession of second spot, but bogeyed at the 18th to share second with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama. By the turn, he had created a six-shot lead in the third round but fell back to eight-under at the end of the round.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood shot 72 to finish fourth on 11-under, with Americans Bill Haas, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler another stroke back. The pair were sharing a house at Erin Hills but neither one will go home happy. Thomas followed his 63 on Saturday with a 75 and tied for ninth.
Rain on Wednesday and overnight Friday kept the greens slow, and subdued winds for the first three days allowed much of the field to score below par. "I know I'm going to be nervous, I just need to harness that as best I can".
Koepka also noted that the major title was especially sweet on Father's Day since he didn't get anything for his dad.
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open victor, shot a 69 to claw back to one-over. He had three previous top-five finishes in major tournaments.
Right now, there may not be any sport in America where you can be as good as Koepka - nearly everyone in golf thinks that the ex-Florida State star, ranked No. 22 in the world, is a major figure of the game's future - and yet have so many genial, obsessed, talented players of your generation, your own buddies, who are constantly trying to grind you to dust by their sheer numbers.
What he did looked awfully familiar Sunday at Erin Hills, minus any mess involving the rules.
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