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

Koepka wins US Open title

Koepka wins US Open title

"If it comes back here, I'd like to see the fescue a little bit thinner and the fairways a little bit narrower, so it's not a full-shot penalty for hitting it in the fescue". He had six birdies and one bogey in an exhibition of steady play.

The wide-open golf course relies on the wind as its greatest defence and those teeing off in the morning saw how hard the course can play.

The margin of victory was four strokes and the winning total was 16 under.

He walked to the 18th green to a rousing ovation and left it as the U.S. Open clubhouse leader, though at five under par Steve Stricker eventually finished 11 strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka.

Rickie Fowler, who had looked like a good bet to finally break his major duck, shot a disappointing final round of 72 to finish in a tie for fifth place along with compatriots Xander Schauffele (69) and Bill Haas (69).

Koepka, is one of a handful of young golfers looking to take the torch from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Koepka has just one win on the PGA Tour, but now has five top tens and a win in 14 career major championships as a professional. But he's been close a lot. Now he truly belongs.

The only Australian who made the cut, Marc Leishman, fought back from an early tumble down the leaderboard. "It was like two minutes, it wasn't much". Between conversations I've had with Claude [Harmon III] and Pete Cowan sat me down, I think, on Tuesday, and kind of had a conversation with me just kind of staying patient, not trying to win.

So, I think I didn't really understand the beef that it was getting for the low scores. He was tied with Harman. He had about 78 feet, mostly uphill, to reach the pin. Vijay Singh shot 72 in Round 3 after his second round 63 in 2003. The greens were a pleasure to putt on, and it was easy to make putts. But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more.

"I learned a lot this week".

Koepka got in trouble again on the par-five 14 when he put his second shot in a bunker.

Actually, all he had to do was par out and he would probably win the tournament.

Matsuyama surged into contention after making three gains in four holes from the 10th, before cancelling out a blemish at the 15th with birdies at the 16th and 18th to set the target at 12 under. He parred them both. "To get the calls and text messages I did last night was pretty special - everybody just giving me a piece of advice, just stick to what I've done and that's what I did today". It had to be, especially with the wind.

"Obviously the wind picked up and I felt like that played right in my hand".

There is also a financial windfall for Elliott, who pockets a percentage of Koepka's prize money of £1.6m. Thomas bogeyed three of his first five holes en route to a 3-over 75 and a tie for ninth. But Brooks played so well today. The pair were sharing a house at Erin Hills but neither one will go home happy. "It's going to be a really cool day for someone tomorrow", the world number nine said. He had eight birdies and two bogeys.

Matsuyama watched the finish on television in the clubhouse.

JUSTIN THOMAS: Yeah, I'm happy for him. Wish him well and congratulate him.

"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory".

This time it was the turn of Brook Koepka to join the major-winning club, after the talented American played a brilliant final round to clinch the US Open title at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. In fact you have to look down to 17th place on the leaderboard before you find a major victor in South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion.

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