Steve Stricker, Jordan Spieth finish strong at US Open

Sandy Mccarthy
June 19, 2017

Koepka's winning total of 16-under equals the lowest score to par for a U.S. Open, matching Rory McIlroy's victory at Congressional in 2011 on a par-71 layout. It's Koepka's second victory on the PGA Tour, following his 2015 win in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He left as a major champion.

The muscular American, who started the day one back of the lead, tamed his nerves and a wind-whipped course, carding six birdies, including two to kick-start his round, against a single bogey for a five-under 67. As the roars began to grow, the battle of long hitter vs. tactician faded. "It feels fantastic to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names".

Brooks Koepka of the United States waves to the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 18, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. The English star is having a second revival of sorts this season, beating Johnson in Abu Dhabi in January, finishing as the runner up at the World Golf Championship in Mexico and now notching his first-ever top-10 finish in a major at Erin Hills. Fowler started one shot out of the lead at the Masters this year and shot 76.

"It will be no surprise to many people back in Europe and certainly no surprise to all of the leading Europeans with whom he played with and against, and who he defeated in Turkey in 2014 as part of the final series in which they all played". Day's score would have been enough to win 26 of the previous 30 US Opens.

T5. Xander Schauffele (-10): You might not be able to pronounce his name, but you should probably learn since the PGA Tour rookie has shown he is going to be around for a while with his play at Erin Hills.

Brooks Koepka received a short piece of advice from a valuable source on the eve of the final round at the U.S. Open. He also qualified out of Memphis, surviving a five-man playoff for one of the final two spots.

The T5 finish is the best major finish for the 35-year old former FedEx Cup champion.

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Stricker was rolling down the back end of the back nine, with three birdies between the 14th and 17th holes.

T9. Brandt Sneaker (-8): nearly everything was great about Snedeker's weekend except the finish.

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. He was one of only nine golfers under par, with the leaders set to tee of later Sunday.

On Sunday, he added Erin Hills in Wisconsin to the list - the stop that made all those frequent flier miles worth it.

T9. Justin Thomas (-8): The lingering memory from Thomas' 2017 U.S. Open will always be his 63 on Saturday, not only because of its historical relevance but because things got real shaky on Sunday in a hurry as he played his way out of contention.

Thanks for stopping by. "He's just like Dustin, I would say".

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