In a field that saw nine players start the day within four shots of the lead, American Brooks Koepka emerged victorious to win his first major title at the 117th U.S. Open on Sunday at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Harman, whose Wikipedia page was edited to describe him as "boring" after he edged into the lead on Saturday (17 June), ended up settling for second along with Japanese prospect Hideki Matsuyama, who came out of nowhere to soar up the leaderboard and finish on 12-under par, capping his stint in Wisconsin with a stunning round of 66. When he finished top-5 in all four majors in 2014 and seriously contended at the PGA (Valhalla), Fowler was thought to be a lock just waiting in the on-deck circle.
"It's truly an honour".
"It is Father's Day, so hopefully - like I said, I didn't get him a card, so I really hope this works", Koepka said.
"I think I'll be more comfortable playing in the big events, and help me play better the next time", he said. I just want to go home.' I don't want to say I was homesick.
"I mean, you've got to tip your cap".
"I think the Ryder Cup was kind of the first real taste of true pressure I think I've ever felt", he added. The wind picked up and I felt that played right into my hands - good ball-striker, good putter.
The muscular American, who started the day one back of overnight leader Brian Harman, was on the charge out of the gate collecting birdies on the opening two holes at a windswept Erin Hills.
However, the 26-year-old from Southport then bogeyed the third, sixth and eighth and although he bounced back with a birdie on the ninth, he was unable to convert good chances early on the back nine before Koepka pulled away.
Koepka's win extended a remarkable run of victories by players who had never previously won a major. "I feel like I've underachieved", Koepka said of his four years on the PGA Tour after spending three years playing tours around the world. Brooks Koepka won it, which is really how it should be. It's probably unlike anything I've ever played in the states. Justin Thomas, another twentysomething chasing first-time major glory, followed his sizzling U.S. Open-record 63 with a flat 75.
ERIN, Wis. (AP) - The list of places Brooks Koepka had to go to win golf tournaments looks like a page straight out of a travelogue. "I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him".
The 27-year-old Koepka gained confidence from his maiden Ryder Cup appearance, last year at Hazeltine as the United States of America regained the trophy. "For us it was like two minutes, it wasn't much", Koepka said. "I was just trying to show what we have in some spots".
It was only fitting that Koepka left Erin Hills with yet another record matched or broken.
While the big names were mostly gone from contention after two rounds, the relatively unknown Koepka emerged from the large group of unfamiliar names still remaining during the weekend, and his historic performance signals his arrival in a sport somewhat transitioning from a struggling old guard to exciting new kids.
After having the greatest round in U.S. Open history on Saturday, Sunday wasn't almost as good as the rising star from Louisville. It seemed as though fans waiting to watch their regularly scheduled U.S. Open bloodbath would finally get their wish. That's not that low for the best players in the world in a major championship. Just three years after the Pinehurst breakthrough, he ranked three birdies sure to become famous behind one par he found to be reassuring.
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