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Brooks Koepka wins 2017 US Open

Brooks Koepka wins 2017 US Open

Koepka won the first major of his career with a 5-under 67 on Sunday to finish 16-under for the weekend, tying Rory McIlroy's record for lowest 72-hole score under par in U.S. Open history.

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.

Yet again, Rickie Fowler failed to push himself across the finish line at major championship.

Just don't mention that to some of the best players in the world.

"I should have made that up-and-down on 18, " a grinning Koepka, 27, said. Now, he says, "I don't even know what it was". But he said the wind wreaked havoc with his putts, blowing them off line and putting him in spots where "getting kind of the right gust at the right time was kind of key". "Just don't get ahead of yourself".

Heading into the 12th hole, Harman and Koepka were tied at 13-under. I felt [Saturday] I played great. It became a two-man contest for the next four holes between Koepla and Brian Harman.

Indeed, Koepka's brand of power play is very much that of the 21st century, epitomised by the 379-yard 3-wood he launched off the 72nd tee. He ran off three birdies on five holes to start the back nine to move within two shots of the lead and finished third.

His confidence in the final round came, in part, from a short conversation the night before with Dustin Johnson, a friend who had been through his share of close calls and heartbreaks before finally becoming a major champion at the U.S. Open a year ago. Champ had a putt on the 18th hole to tie the 20-year-old but couldn't convert, giving Scheffler the low-amateur honors.

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Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, in fact, told reporters this week at Erin Hills golf course that Koepka was "the most underrated American player in the world". Matsuyama birdied No. 18 to close within one shot of Koepka with five holes to play, but Koepka turned on the afterburners late Sunday. "And to play well today on top of it was extra special".

Harman, who entered the day at 12-under was atop the pack with Koepka, Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood all one shot back.

The winds whipped through Erin Hills on Sunday for the first time and blew away the birdie binges that had besieged the first-time major venue through three rounds. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island. I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it.

Spieth had a nice day considering how the winds have picked up at Erin Hills.

Brooks Koepka holds up the U.S. Open championship trophy as the sun falls on Erin Hills. Thomas' 9-under 63 also broke Johnny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par.

Harman is the third UGA golfer to finish 2nd at the U.S. Open, joining Chip Beck and Erik Compton.

Jordan Spieth (73-71-76-69) on Sunday: "I think it's an awesome golf course". He finished tied for second with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama who had the best round of the day. Instead, create an environment where if you play well, you can score, and if you don't, then it can go the other way. Out in 41, he restored some semblance of order with a two-under-par back nine. The past seven majors, dating back to Jason Day's victory at the 2015 PGA Championship, have been won by first-timers.


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