Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title
09:55, Jun 19, 2017
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His finish equaled the scoring record for score in relation to par that Rory McIlroy established in 2011 at Congressional Country Club.
"It's unbelievable", Koepka said during the presentation ceremony.
"It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days", said Koepka.
Hideki Matsuyama, meanwhile, ran off three birdies on five holes to start the back nine and was within two shots of the lead.
Southport-born Tommy Fleetwood could not build on his 11-under par score from Saturday but still managed to secure fourth spot as he announced himself as an upcoming force within the golfing world.
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Patrick Reed surged up the leaderboard with a 7-under 65 early in the day, then watched as Harman and company took aim at forgiving Erin Hills. 14, 15 and 16.
With a gusty wind blowing across Erin Hills, Spieth's first shot at the par-3 13th hole landed about 5 feet from the flag.
Koepka raced out the blocks with birdies at the first and second to hit the front on his own and never looked back.
"I feel like golf-wise I'm playing at the highest level", said Fowler, whose fifth-place tie gives him six top-five finishes in majors.
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.
Harman's bogey on the par-4 12th put Koepka ahead to stay.
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Harman finished with a bogey on 18.
Lowry's nine-iron nearly crowned the top tier before sliding into the swale and off the green and a bogey was inevitable when he failed to hold the green with his chip. "The support we get, not only myself but every Canadian, whether we're playing well or playing poorly". "He went out and won the tournament on the back nine".
"To bogey the last is very disappointing because I really grinded hard today".
"I am playing nicely and I have got the French Open, the Irish Open and the Open coming up in the next month. I felt so confident out there, it was great".
Yet that did not stop Koepka from making a wonderful start - birdies at the first and second lifting the big-hitting American to 13 under for the tournament.
Cameron Champ, the only other amateur to make the cut, shot a 76 to finish at even par.
As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. That merely added to the drama, though, as a crowded field sorted itself out in a taut U.S. Open finish.
The dominance of the final round shook up what had been a crowded leaderboard throughout the weekend, and his first-time victor status continued a streak we've seen in majors that dates back to Jason Day's breakthrough at the 2015 PGA Championship. I think Tiger had the best winning percentage of all time at 30%, and you're lucky to even sniff close to 10. "You kind of have to say, hey, it's a major".
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This has been quite the confidence-building experience for the 20 year-old who plays at Texas. Four golfers were tied for the lead, and nine were within four shots of the lead. He left as a major champion. Jordan Spieth, who shot his lowest round (69) of the championships on the tournament's windiest day, said he wouldn't mind seeing the event return to Erin Hills. "I thought it was important to stay focused and keep the pedal down". "I did my best, but I came up a little short".
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