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Koepka claims US Open title

19 Juin 2017

His eagle on the 667 par-five 18th was phenomenal by anyone's standards, and we didn't see Johnny Miller putting 90 degrees away from the hole and still making a birdie putt on the 5th. For the first time in the tournament's history a record number of 44 players finished under par - obliterating the previous record (39) of players under par after round 1 of the US Open, set in Medinah in 1990.

"That was kind of the meat of the tournament", said Koepka's instructor, Claude Harmon. I hit some bad drives on 1 and 2, but made some pars, made a great birdie on 3, and then just I kind of thought if I parred, kept parring, I was going to have a really good chance. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, and (it) probably won't for a few days". He finished the tournament tied for second with Hideki Matsuyama at 12 under par.

Tommy Fleetwood, who played alongside Koepka and closed with a 72 to finish fourth, played the Challenge Tour a year before Koepka arrived.

But the American then paid the price for an over-aggressive birdie attempt on the 10th which sailed past the hole leaving an awkward putt to save par.

Koepka pulled away on the closing holes by making a hard save of par on the 13th hole, then sinking birdie putts on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes. And all of those things put together makes him a great caddie for me.

We take a look at the previous six members of the double-digit US Open club.

Koepka carried a one-stroke lead into the back nine after a birdie at No. 8, but quickly fell back into a tie with Harman.

The pressure on his shoulders to lift his first major proved too much for the American, who carded a disappointing six-over par 76 to finish at two-under par and two behind eventual victor Lucas Glover.

Koepka's win extended a remarkable run of victories by players who had never previously won a major.

Brian Harman, the leader after round three, tied for second along with No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama at 12-under.

Koepka settled for a tap-in par, but that didn't matter.

Harman finished with a bogey on 18. "On some of these par fives I don't even need to hit a driver to get there". "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said. I was excited for today. Today my game wasn't quite there, but still got it round in level par. "But, at the same time, I don't feel like I lost a golf tournament, I think Brooks went out and won the tournament". "I just tried to keep the hammer down and go as low as I could". Koepka was a cumulative 12-under on the back nine, with his only bogey coming Sunday on No. 10 thanks to a three-putt.

Coming into this round four with a crowded field at the top of the leaderboard, Koepka, like a thoroughbred in the final straight, chose to pull away, making three birdies in a row on the back nine to leave the rest of the competition behind. "That was kind of the turning point of the round for me".

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. Then a 17-footer on 16 for his third birdie in a row. He proved such a trembling mess that he birdied No. 14, birdied No. 15, birdied No. 16 and sprinted from the others.

Thomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of contention by the middle of the front nine. The honor and prestige of winning the event are what many golfers dream of accomplishing during their career, and the victory also comes with a first prize check of $2.16 million.

Koepka also noted that the major title was especially sweet on Father's Day since he didn't get anything for his dad. The 27-year-old American tied a U.S. Open scoring record, finishing 16-under 272 at the expansive but easy-playing course 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Only four left-handers-Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Bob Charles-have won major championships.

Fleetwood bounced back in style with a superb approach to the ninth, a green labelled "a little iffy" by 2015 champion Jordan Spieth after his closing 69. "I think it's an awesome golf course". "Even though I'm not in it - nowhere near it", he said.

Koepka claims US Open title