Brooks Koepka kisses the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. "So when you get to Saturday and Sunday, you've got to see how you react and how you feel".
Newly crowned US Open champion Brooks Koepka dominated the greens in regulation stats en route to his victory.
"There's something about majors where I just focus a lot more", Koepka said.
As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. The long-hitting American travelled far and wide, from Kazakhstan to Kenya and mainland Europe, cramming into bed and breakfast rooms with fellow players, spending some nights sleeping in cars, and learning about life and how to win.
And he was ready to come home. "I think it's an awesome golf course".
"You kind of have to say, hey, it's a major.
Exhausted of traveling. I just wanted to be home", he said. "I said, 'You go back and tell your coach if he tries to change your swing, you don't need the coach, you don't need the team, you can just play four years in college because you're going to be a Tour player and you're going to be a victor'". His reaction was subdued, just like his close friend and last year's U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson.
It was just Koepka's second career win on the PGA Tour and his first major victory, but the win was not a complete surprise either.
Those who saw him couldn't ignore the sheer athleticism, raw power and quiet confidence.
"I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough", Matsuyama said of his Open campaign. "And I felt like I put myself in contention so many times", Koepka said.
Thomas and Harman will be paired together in the final group on Sunday during the final round.
"That's about the best I've ever played", he said, and Koepka's winning score of 16 under equalled the US Open record set by Rory McIlroy when he won the tournament in 2011.
Edgerton's Steve Stricker finished tied for 16th at 5 under.
Many thought it might just be time for Rickie Fowler's major break through when he opened with the best round to par (a seven-under 65) since Jack Nicklaus and Tom Wieskopf in 1980.
Emotion? The most he displayed was a light fist pump, his hand clenched a little tighter with each birdie, and a double fist pump on the 18th when he tapped in for par. "The shots he hit down the stretch, you can't describe how hard some of them are", Fleetwood said of his playing partner.
From those unglamourous beginnings, Koepka worked his way up to the full European Tour before later earning his PGA Tour card in 2014.
He did it. Now, his journey includes a victory in Wisconsin - in the U.S. Open, no less.
Koepka, a member of the victorious USA Ryder Cup team past year, came to golf by accident - literally.
"I really should have made that up and down on 18", Koepka said. I don't know why. "It's one of those things, not a big fan of losing". I think it's so much fun. Right before I won the final Challenge Tour event to get to the European Tour. And this year has not been a good one, with just two top 10 finishes.
"It's insane to think that this is only his second win", Justin Thomas said.
"I've played 25 of them, and if I play another great".
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