The examples are numerous, and included not missing a cut over a span that stretched seven seasons, and not making a bogey in the final round of the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach despite a 15-shot romp.
The 24-year-old Thomas carved a three-wood from the fairway to within eight feet of the cup on the 667-yard finishing par-five and drained the putt for a nine-under-par 63, the best U.S. Open round ever in relation to par. "I've just got to keep going".
"I learned a lot this week. But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward". I just couldn't get my mind to free up.
"He actually started caddying for me a year ago next week, so this was our anniversary I feel", Fleetwood added.
"I felt on Saturday I played great".
Q. Does this sting at all for you?
Thank you to the golf gods for Justin Thomas. I'd been trying to win so badly.
"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said after his round. Just the qualifier itself was a huge thing for me just that I made it was a relief that I wanted to be here so bad. Teeing off at nearly 3 o'clock central time is just freaky for me, because I wake up pretty early. "Exhausted of traveling. I just wanted to be home", he said. I wouldn't want to play with the opposite wind because there would be some holes that would be a bit stupid. There were several incredible moments from Thomas' record-setting afternoon, a few of which can be seen below.
"You've got to put four good rounds together", Matsuyama said through an interpreter. I felt like I was getting it going a little bit today, especially on that 14, 15, 16 stretch, just the fans started going insane.
"It's up there with Kapalua in the hardest walk, I know that".
He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. And I was pretty far off.
Erin Hills never quite shaped up as the exacting, U.S. Open-type course it could have been. It will have a lot to live up to to look as good as Justin Thomas' 63. I think the wrap it was getting for the low scores and everything, I mean it is what it is.
Robert Streb was the last golfer to shoot 63 at the majors during the 2016 US PGA Championship. The scores are low, but we're playing well. I mean, it was still, I mean, 12-under, 11-under was still leading the tournament at one back.
"It doesn't matter how long, how whatever the course is", Thomas said about the longest course in major championship history.
Lee Westwood (69-75-75-76) on Thursday: "I don't think (this course) is easy".
Yet win 'em is exactly what Koepka says he intends to do.
He's not out of it mathematically, but there are too many good players between him and the lead for him to realistically contend. He's a good buddy of mine.
"It was a good save", Fleetwood said. He'd been knocking on the door for a while.
"I played really well today", said Matsuyama, who watched Koepka close out his title on a TV in the clubhouse. It's insane to think that this is only his second win.
"But more important than that was just to get myself in contention to win the tournament". But he's a great player and he has no fear. But with a change in weather possibly coming, everyone that now sits in championship contention understands that anything can happen come today.
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