Thomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of the hunt by the middle of the front nine.
It capped quite a journey for the 27-year-old Floridian.
Brooks Koepka broke open a tight tournament with three straight birdies on the 14th through 16th holes and won the U.S. Open with a confident and steady show that bordered on the spectacular. Heused the pivotal stretch to pull away and finish the championships at 16-under 272. "For us it was like two minutes". I mean there's a double (bogey) and a triple (bogey) waiting around every corner, if you just kind of take your mind off of it or just relax for a half second."There's something about majors where I just focus in a lot more. It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days". 12 and 13. A hole ahead, and fresh off his par save, Koepka began his birdie binge.
He followed with birdies at 15 and 16 to suddenly widen his gap to four shots and close in on theOpen championship. He tied with Japanese World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama who shot a six-under 66. I don't even know what was going on.
"You've got to tip your cap".
The Olympic golf course in San Francisco is even more hard, when Webb Simpson won in 2012 with a +1 score. "I had an opportunity today and I didn't get it done".
"The way I putted this week was unbelievable too". "And I felt like I put myself in contention so many times", he said.
"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said. Harman would then bogey the 13th hole, to fall into a hole at -11 under he would not get out of. "It went from (maybe) a good save and a tap-in par to now going 2 over through four and really behind the eight ball".
"It was bombs away", he said of his five-under 67 final round.
Koepka was tied with Paul Casey after the second round.
"After that, it was kind of lights out", Harman said.
Coming on Father's Day, it's an accomplishment he hopes scores some points with his dad, Bob, who always wanted him to become a baseball player.
Koepka, a member of the victorious USA Ryder Cup team a year ago, came to golf by accident - literally.
'I'd won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour, ' said Koepka, who climbed from 22nd in the world rankings to a career-high of 10th. "I wish I'd have gotten up and down on 18, I know that", he joked.
"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said.
And the 26-year-old from Southport, who finished a shot ahead of world number one Dustin Johnson to claim his second European Tour title in Abu Dhabi in January, paid tribute to Finnis. This made Koepka the third consecutive American to win the US Open, that first time that has happened since 1998-2000. Phil Mickelson didn't get his major winning ways underway to well into his 30s. He set aside the wind and the pressure to subdue Erin Hills after it finally got some teeth following three rounds of soft greens and prime scoring conditions. "I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough".
"I learned a lot this week", Matsuyama said.
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