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19 Junio 2017, 10:20 | Gerardo Tarin
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Koepka strung together three consecutive late birdies and shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
Delight for Koepka meant disappointment for Harman, who topped the leaderboard after the third day But the 30-year-old's dream of becoming the first left-handed golfer to win a US Open were essentially ended on the 15th when his efforts to sink a birdie and ramp up the pressure on his compatriot ended in vain.
Koepka, whose caddie Ricky Elliott is from Portrush in Northern Ireland, becomes the seventh first-time major victor in succession, a run stretching back to Jason Day's victory in the 2015 US PGA Championship.
Mullinax, who teamed up with Thomas to help the Crimson Tide to the 2013 NCAA championship, shot 4-under 68 on Sunday in his first career major.
Koepka made three birdies on the back nine, including a attractive putt on 16.
After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the final round as heavy winds pummeled the links-style layout adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major.
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The 25-year-old Matsuyama could take some comfort and pride in matching the best finish ever by a Japanese in a men's major set by Hall of Famer Isao Aoki, runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. "I'll try to beat him the next time". I suppose I did most things well all week and could be standing here in a different scenario, a different position, if I just had of got a few breaks and maybe holed some putts along the way. He'd only won one previous tournament on the PGA Tour. "Golf is a amusing game where anything can happen and I just plan on staying in the moment, and if I do that I think anything can happen".
Having spent a good part of his golfing apprenticeship traveling the globe sleeping in cars and working his way up through the European minor tour, Koepka now steps into the USA sporting spotlight.
"I feel like golf-wise I'm playing at the highest level, " he said.
As the front nine progressed, it looked increasingly as if it would come down to a question of who would blink first. It was long - the longest in U.S. Open history - and the fescue lining the fairways was brutal. But Harman bogeys on Nos.
"I'm glad I made it here, I'm glad a qualified and was able to play, " Stricker said. He got off to the ideal start with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first and a tee shot just short of the green on the 338-yard second hold, leading to a simple up-and-down for another birdie. And I felt like I've put myself into contention so many times, and I don't want to say I got unlucky.
Without the wind as a factor, scores stayed low over the first three rounds of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Instead, they say things like, "I'm past that now". "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".
"It is Father's Day, so hopefully - like I said, I didn't get him a card, so I really hope this works", Koepka said. The last two champions, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, went on to finish in the top 10 at The Open Championship the same year. I don't know if I have a 14- under in my bag to play.
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He did birdie the 16th, but it was not enough, as he finished in second with a score of 12-under-par, tied with Hideki Matsuyama . He closed with a 5-under 67, only realizing after his par on the final hole that a birdie would have set yet another U.S.
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He defended his title in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, beating Webb Simpson in a playoff at TPC Scottsdale. Koepka was a cumulative 12-under on the back nine, with his only bogey coming Sunday on No. 10 thanks to a three-putt.