Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 20, 2017

It was the seventh consecutive major captured by a first-time victor, including now at the past three U.S. Opens - with Jordan Spieth winning at Chambers Bay in 2015, and Dustin Johnson at Oakmont a year ago. I'd never teed off this late before, so that was different. Prior to Sunday, his only PGA Tour victory was in the 2015 Waste Management Open in Phoenix.

Several of his peers and the world of golf took to twitter to celebrate his first major win.

"I only had one win on the PGA Tour". But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament.

"If I learned anything, you've got to put four good rounds together. Unfortunately, that's really all I was dealt, so it's what I had to try to do". "But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward". I don't know why. "There are so many (courses) to choose from, (but) I'm sure at some point, it will come back here". "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".

They are defending champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson of the United States, No. 2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and No. 3 Jason Day of Australia. The 54-hole leader, Brian Harman, entered Sunday's final round attempting to become the first left-handed player to win the U.S. Open. His message was short and sweet. It was a long call for us. "It was like two minutes". So it was a lot of lying around and just trying to stay off the phone and try to stay away from reading stuff just because there are so many things out there that are being said or written. After three all-American seasons at Florida State, the Florida-native chose to start his career in Europe instead of America. He experienced his first taste of big-time, under-the-spotlight golf past year at the Ryder Cup, and played his fifth U.S. Open like it was his 15th.

A fan ran up to Koepka with a flag for him to sign. "(He's) starting to figure it out and we're seeing it today. But he's a great player and he has no fear.

Growing up in Florida and with a great-uncle who played in the major leagues, Koepka's first love was baseball, but somehow life led him onto the golf course. "Good ball-striker, good putter", Koepka said. I would like to think that's not why I played how I did.

Koepka also noted that the major title was especially sweet on Father's Day since he didn't get anything for his dad. I don't really think too far ahead usually. I mean, you've got to tip your cap. "But I was just trying to make that putt, give myself as big a cushion as I could".

The chip on the shoulder that Harman acknowledged he plays with was firmly entrenched, barely swayed by Sunday's gusty winds at Erin Hills, where a round of even-par 72 was not good enough to propel him past Brooks Koepka, whose 5-under-par 67 was good for a four-shot victory.

Koepka got up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie at the par-5 14th, then hit his 150-yard approach shot at No. 15 to 10 feet. He had been on the road for so long, in so many countries, and was feeling lonely. "It's truly an honor".

He said he wasn't aware that he was a birdie away from the record.

"I think it's exciting", Spieth said. "It would have been nice". "So I really hope this works".

Q. Should this place host another U.S. Open? But the low scoring went much deeper than that. His best finish in 20 U.S. Open appearances came in the first Open to be held in Wisconsin.

The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open.

This week alone, nine players reached at least 10 under and seven finished there.

Xander Schauffele, a rookie on the PGA Tour playing in his first U.S. Open, birdied his last hole for a 69 to tie for fifth at 10-under 268 along with Bill Haas (69) and Rickie Fowler (72). Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 U.S. Opens.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990.

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