Koepka claims first major title by taming Erin Hills

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

The fast-moving Koepka captured the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open but despite often putting himself in contention, the wins did not continue to flow and from 21 top-10 finishes on the US -based tour, he only had the one victory.

Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine and matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under.

"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.

"I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just, exhausted of golf".

Brooks Koepka shot a 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 272 and match Rory McIlroy's tournament record for most shots under par. He was only two behind when he made the turn, but bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes - and no birdies until No. 18 - ended his hopes.

Koepka pulled away on the closing holes by making a hard save of par on the 13th hole, then sinking birdie putts on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes. "And I built a lot of confidence off of that".

"I've played 25 of them, and if I play another great".

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

Harman completed his tournament with an even-par 72, while Matsuyama closed with a 66 to climb the leaderboard.

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"I don't believe in moral victories", Harman said. "I've done it before, but he did it today". "I feel like I've underachieved", Koepka said of his four years on the PGA Tour after spending three years playing tours around the world. Upon reflection, he added one more. Or as a three-time second-team All-America golfer while at Georgia. You look back at all the wins, even on the Challenge Tour. In 2014, he was named rookie of the year in Europe and was also nominated for rookie of the year honours on the PGA Tour after two top-10s back home.

"I know from his victory in the Scottish Challenge talking with people there. who have a high regard and love of the game of golf, that many of them forecast great things for this young gentleman then", Schofield told reporters. As recently as a couple of years ago he didn't seem to thrilled about his career choice.

They are close friends on the golf course and in the gym, and they play a similar game of power off the tee, a clean strike with the iron and a knack for looking calm even as the pressure is ramping up. "I've just got to get on the greens and have that cup start to look a bit bigger". That's no longer the case, and the experience he gained at Erin Hills should help him should he once again be in contention for a major championship.

Schauffele entered the U.S. Open with little acclaim but left with an invitation to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills by tying for fifth at 10 under.

Lee Westwood (69-75-75-76) on Thursday: "I don't think (this course) is easy". The last two champions, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, went on to finish in the top 10 at The Open Championship the same year.

Brian Harman could have secured sole possession of second spot, but bogeyed at the 18th to share second with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

No need to go through qualifying for Shinnecock Hills, after having to travel that route to arrive at Erin Hills. And I'll win if I stay patient and just keep doing what I'm doing.

He finished under par on each of the four days and carded five bogeys for the entire tournament.

Sentiment and nostalgia will always find a place on the leaderboard, as 37-year-old Sergio Garcia showed by notching his first major win at the Masters in April, while 50-year-old Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker provided an emotional touchstone in an Erin Hills swan-song.

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