Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Brooks Koepka wins US Open title

Brooks Koepka wins US Open title

Brooks Koepka received a short piece of advice from a valuable source on the eve of the final round at the U.S. Open. At 27-years old, Koepka is well on his way to winning even more majors in the years to come. It's a score that would've won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of the U.S. Open. To everyone else, however, one wondered if he had a pulse.

"Did you see that fist pump on 18?"

So the Koepka who, in a golf cart leaving the last green, put his hands over his face, pulled his hat over his eyes and seemed to melt with relief is a more accurate picture of the golf champion of America.

If that was an emotional outburst, his idea of a fireworks display is striking a match. Giving Brooks Koepka a one shot lead at -13 on the 14th hole. The Florida native won his first major championship on Sunday, scoring a -16 which tied the record for lowest score relative to par in U.S. Open history.

And his reaction is a single, solitary fist pump? "I'll go anywhere. I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere". "That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day it's pretty neat". I'm sure at some point it will come back here.

Groat played shortstop for the Pirates and guard in the NBA after twice earning basketball All-American honors at Duke. A five-time All-Star, Groat not only was a baseball hero in Pittsburgh but also an All-America basketball player at Duke and a college Hall of Famer in both sports.

As recently as 2014, Koepka said he called his manager before the final day of a European event (which he ended up winning) and said, "I don't want to play".

"What I've done this week is awesome", Koepka.

"I'll be a big fan of that". "Golf is kind of boring". He claims he couldn't hit for power. Maybe I was too small, but it drove me nuts.

Organizers at Erin Hills are cleaning after the U.S. Open.

Madison's Steve Stricker, who tied for 16th, suggested narrowing the fairways and thinning the fescue. "And the scores were low because the greens were good", Brian Harman said.

Harman's chances ended with two straight bogeys, and a bogey on the par-5 18th hole gave him a 72 and a tie for second with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who closed with a 66. He came into the U.S. Open with one Ryder Cup appearance under his belt, and three top-five finishes in majors.

Still, the word most used by the competitors to describe the course was fair.

"I needed to make that if I was going to win this tournament", he said.

"He actually started caddying for me a year ago next week, so this was our anniversary I feel", Fleetwood added. We were talking about that.

During that same time in the Midwest, you know a thunderstorm will eventually hit the area.

Koepka began filling his passport. At 10, he was riding in the front seat of a vehicle driven by a babysitter when it was hit in an intersection.

"He's going to overpower golf courses, and he's got a great demeanor", said Bill Haas, who finished tied for fifth. He learned he could hit them farther than baseballs.

Erin Hills never quite shaped up as the exacting, U.S. Open-type course it could have been.

It takes a lot to get Koepka excited, and while a U.S. Open certainly does the trick, it was hard to tell. He achieved the feat in record-tying fashion on Sunday, shooting 16-under par for the tournament and saving his best golf for the back nine.

His friends and support team preached patience and pleaded with him to focus less on obsessing about victories and avoid getting down on himself. We will take player feedback as part of it. "It became my hobby and my passion, and when my kids were born, they would watch me play".

Hence, the notion that the gifted Koepka, from a long line of fine athletes, including a great uncle (Dick Groat) who was National League MVP, was some sort of Big Chill of the PGA Tour.

"For some reason I just wanted to get out and go home".

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