Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Brooks Koepka Caps A Record Week With US Open Title

The former Florida State standout closed with 5-under 67 Sunday, realizing only after his par on the final hole that a birdie would have set yet another U.S. Open record in a week filled with them. He used the pivotal stretch to pull away and finish the championships at 16-under 272. From the time of the opening tee shot to the final putt on Sunday, each relayed a similar message: They really liked Erin Hills, even if it didn't produce "U.S. Open-like" scores. Koepka even said that Johnson had called him with encouragement Saturday night. I think people - some of the guys - took my social media post (ripping the unplayability of some of the fescue) kind of the wrong way. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, and (it) probably won't for a few days".

Matsuyama had eight birdies and two bogeys, finishing with a flourish with a birdie on the par-five 18th to end up tied with overnight leader Brian Harman on 12-under 276, four shots behind victor Brooks Koepka.

Tommy Fleetwood (72) finished in solo fourth. That's not that low for the best players in the world in a major championship.

Koepka then frittered a golden chance to regain the lead on the 11th, but was unable to convert a nervy nine-foot putt for birdie.

Stricker paid back his supporters on Sunday with a three-under-par 69 in windy conditions on the long, links-style layout. He tied with Japanese world number four Hideki Matsuyama, who shot a superb six-under-par 66.

Elsewhere, Masters champion Sergio Garcia finished with a 71 to stay on six under, six behind Harman. If I keep playing well enough, I'll be in the PGA. "But you've got to tip your cap to him". His only bogey on the back nine for the entire tournament was on 10. I've done it before, but he did it today. "To try to go out there and try to get in a top five or trying to get up near the lead is not what I play for, but, unfortunately, that's really all I was dealt, so it's what I had to try to do". But he's proven for a long time how good he is.

"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said.

After his birdie at 14, Koepka wasn't aware of Harman's bogey back at 13.

No one was more solid from start to finish than Koepka.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. Better than Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the congested leaderboard.

He became the seventh consecutive first-timer to win a major, adding to the list of Jason Day, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker and Sergio Garcia.

"It looks as though the weather conditions are going to be a lot more challenging today at Erin Hills", Kite said. "I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works".

In the tournament within the tournament, Highland Park High product and Texas rising senior Scottie Scheffler edged Texas A&M rising senior Cameron Champ by one stroke for low amateur honors.

Six players start the final round within three shots of the lead, all eyeing their first major. He was only two behind when he made the turn, but bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes - and no birdies until No. 18 - ended his hopes. "I think that's been the consensus from everyone", Spieth said Sunday.

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