Koepka tames wind, nerves to win US Open

Koepka tames wind, nerves to win US Open

Tommy Fleetwood proved to himself he can contend for major titles after finishing fourth behind American Brooks Koepka in the US Open at Erin Hills.

Stricker said he had a lot of input about Erin Hills from fellow players this week and "for the most part everybody seemed to like it". The strongest gusts were Sunday morning and it tapered to a strong breeze by the afternoon.

Tom Kite looks back on windy final round in 1992 at Pebble Beach.

The win for Brooks Koepka will move him up 12 spots from No. 22 to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Harman, who took a one-stroke lead into the final round over Koepka and Justin Thomas, was tied with eight holes to go after Koepka bogeyed the 10th.

Offalyman Shane Lowry hit a final round of 73 to finish on three over for the tournament.

Koepka recorded three quick victories on the satellite circuit to make the step up to the European Tour before the Floridian eventually progressed to the USA -based PGA Tour.

Indeed, Koepka's brand of power play is very much that of the 21st century, epitomised by the 379-yard 3-wood he launched off the 72nd tee. That was four shots clear of Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman. When he pushed a 30-foot birdie try on No. 12 a full 12 feet past the hole, he set himself up for bogey. Stricker tapped in for par.

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"If you had told me I was going to shoot 12-under this year at the U.S. Open and not win, I would have taken that bet for sure, " Harman said. "My goals? They're pretty high". Play the same, too. He shot under par in all four rounds at Erin Hills golf course.

"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said. "And it's no surprise".

Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Koepka made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole.

Mention must also be made of the play of Matsuyama.

"It was a long phone call", Koepka said.

"I learned a lot this week", Matsuyama said.

HARMAN: No, I don't think there's - I think most of the good players don't really compare themselves to their peers.

Fowler's popularity is undeniable, and although he's stoic inside the ropes, he relishes the fan appreciation.

Shot an even-par 72 to finish in a tie for fifth place with a 10-under 278. "I think it would be pretty cool winning the U.S. Open as an Am, and that was my goal coming in. For us it was like two minutes, it wasn't much". On a day when Koepka overpowered this hay fever heaven with a final round 67 and equaled McIlroy's 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record, the Bulldog was arm-wrestling out of his class. But the fairways were generous and the wind that serves as the course's best defense didn't kick up until the end.

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

"I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", the 23-year-old said.

If you live in Jupiter and you were taking one of those childhood tests to figure out which item doesn't belong, Koepka would have been that item when talking about the community's pro golfer population.

"To be honest, he was just so in control", said his caddie, Ricky Elliott.

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Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open victor, shot a 69 to claw back to one-over. He could not make a four, but is unlikely to care one jot.

He did it. Now, his journey includes a victory in Wisconsin - in the U.S. Open, no less. "The way I putted this week was unbelievable".



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