Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Koepka's Trip Around the World Leads to Major Title at Home

Koepka's Trip Around the World Leads to Major Title at Home

He shot under par in all four rounds at Erin Hills golf course.

This was Koepka's fifth U.S. Open. Day had nine top-10 finishes in majors before winning one.

At the third hole Sunday, Hadwin was serenaded by a handful of boisterious Canadian fans, who broke out into an off-key rendition of O Canada to honour the golfer. "You'd ride him, and he'd thank you for it".

Only Matsuyama displayed that kind of scoring ability Sunday.

Harman tied with Hideki Matsuyama for second with a -12 score. Fowler took the lead on Thursday with a 7-under 65, tying the lowest score to par in the first round of the U.S. Open.

"I was pretty content making pars on the front nine because I knew the kind of day it was", Harman said.

I remember playing it and being in awe of what Golfers like Brad Faxon, Fred Couples, and Greg Normand could do.

"I'd love to get a map and just look at all the places I've won", Koepka said.

What helped Koepka win the U.S. Open more than anything else was his ability to hit fairways and greens in regulation to stay out of the nasty rough, fescue and bunkers. He made the putt. His emotions on the course ran the gamut from calm to cool. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days". "Brooks could sometimes do with a little kick, like are you awake yet?"

The 27-year-old, whose previous best result at a major came when he was tied for fourth at last year's USPGA Championship, matched the score achieved by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy in 2011.

He ranked fourth in driving accuracy and seventh in distance, a potent combination that he parlayed into 21 birdies, leading the field for greens in regulation while limiting his blemishes to five bogeys.

"It feels incredible to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names", Koepka said after becoming the seventh first-time major victor in succession, a run stretching back to Jason Day's victory in the 2015 US PGA Championship. "But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward".

But Koepka chose to stay and win the tournament in Scotland, earning his chance to play on the European Tour. Koepka had only won one title on the PGA Tour since turning professional in 2012.

Koepka told Jones that he saw behavior by his fellow competitors that Jones wouldn't countenance. "But that's who Brooks is".

In 2014, Jones remembered getting frustrated watching the United States Open telecast from Pinehurst, N.C., where Koepka finished 10 strokes behind the victor, Martin Kaymer.

The impressive victory that followed, which earned Koepka £1.7m, catapulted him into the world's top 10 for the first time.

4 Koepka's great-uncle Dick Groat played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, won two World Series and was the 1960 National League MVP.

Fortunately for Koepka, he chose to play the final round and went on to win by three shots, before attempting to drive through the night to contest final qualifying for the Open Championship.

"Just because of how competitive he is", Jones said.

After winning his first major, Koepka seems determined not to lose his low profile.

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