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

Koepka seals US Open title with birdie blitz


Brooks Koepka produced a back-nine birdie blitz to win the US Open here yesterday, becoming the seventh consecutive first-time victor of a major with a record-equalling four-shot victory at Erin Hills.

Fowler, who is fast cementing himself as "the best player never to win a major, " began Sunday's U.S. Open final round at 10-under, two shots out of the lead. "I didn't get my dad a card, so this works".

Justin Thomas encountered the problems associated with backing up a record-breaking performance.

With the past six majors going to players who have never won a major before, there is a good chance that run could be extended.

"I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just, exhausted of golf".

The wind settled down shortly after the leaders teed off and, although still more hard than previous days, conditions were once again scoreable. "I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him". 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".

Well, I hope you got to see them in the first two rounds because none of them will be around for the weekend.

"I just tried to get as low as I could (on each hole) and stay focused", Koepka said.

"He's a great player and he's a great gentleman". Koepka played a mean Little League shortstop but somehow wasn't much of a hitter.

Koepka didn't let Harman's mistakes go to waste. Matsuyama birdied No. 18 to close within one shot of Koepka with five holes to play, but Koepka turned on the afterburners late Sunday. "I prefer when they play the traditional golf courses".

Brooks Koepka was virtually flawless on Friday, shooting 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Erin Hills while most of the field faltered in the toughest, windiest conditions of the tournament.

While the top three players in the world missed the cut, Koepka showed in his U.S. Open win reasons to believe that he can join the Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy tier sooner than many expected. "I think that's been the consensus from everybody". "Golf is kind of boring, not much action". He was a three-time All-American at Florida State and went to Europe after narrowly missing out at Q school in 2012, then promptly recorded three wins on the Challenge Tour in 2012 and 2013.

ERIN, Wis. - Brooks Koepka received a short piece of advice from a valuable source on the eve of the final round at the U.S. Open.

He said he would rather be out on the course fighting for the title.

Without the wind as a factor, scores stayed low over the first three rounds of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Spieth described the USGA course set-up as a "fantastic job" and believes the low scores throughout the tournament have contributed to some compelling golf. "He silenced a lone bogey-5 at 10 (3-putt from 38'10") with six birdies at 1, 2, 8 and a hat-trick at 14-16.

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker putts on the ninth hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open before a loyal group of fans at Erin Hills.

Harman, level with Koepka with six to play and without a bogey on the back nine all week, took his first at the 12th after his tee shot ended up in the belt-high fescue, and followed that up with another at the 13th.

A changing of golf's old guard has been underway for some time but the 117th U.S. Open signalled that it can be considered complete with neither Phil Mickelson and/or Tiger Woods teeing up at major for the first time since the 1994 U.S. Masters.

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