Thomas struggling in US Open

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Brooks Koepka has bagged his first major championship with a four-shot US Open victory at Erin Hills in Wisconsin on Sunday.

Koepka, whose caddie Ricky Elliott is from Portrush in Northern Ireland, becomes the seventh first-time major victor in succession, a run stretching back to Jason Day's victory in the 2015 US PGA Championship.

Former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas endured a rough final round at the 117 U.S. Open on Sunday, but still managed a top 10 finish. It's just a matter that this is one of the four majors in a year, and this is a U.S. Open.

"It means a lot, first time play in a major and make the cut", Li told Reuters after signing his final-round scorecard.

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

Matsuyama has two holes left, compared to six for Koepka and seven for Harman. "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said.

The heavy winds on Sunday gave players and fans a taste of the type of test Erin Hills can offer. But the long-hitting Fleetwood made a bogey at the 18th hole.

"I'd never teed off this late before, so that was different", he said.

"Obviously, that's just one shot, but that was a pretty big turn", Thomas said of the bogey on No. 4.

Koepka is trying for his first major championship.

The jury appeared to be split in its verdict on this course's suitability as a US Open venue, with Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood providing opposing viewpoints.

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The cut, in relation to par, came at a tournament-tying low of 1 over.

Whitten is Golf Digest's architecture editor, who along with Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry are credited with the Erin Hills Design. It was special for people to give me advice and saying to stick to what I've done. Three victories in nine weeks earned him immediate promotion to the European Tour, where, in 2014, he won the Turkish Airlines Open.

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages.

It probably didn't help Harman's disposition that he bogeyed the 18th hole - the outcome had already been decided - dropping him into a second-place tie that cost him $247,989. One of Erin Hills' three architects, Ron Whitten, Golf Channel's Frank Nobilo said.

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.

In the group ahead leader Brooks Koepka didn't slip up. "I was 2 over early on, and it's easy to just get wound up or lose hope or just lose it because you want to win the U.S. Open". He also played in the U.S. Open previous year at Oakmont and missed the cut.

But after bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes and a birdie at the 14th, Harman could not overcome the three-birdie run put together by Koepka at holes 14 through 16. He shot a Sunday 66 and was in the clubhouse at 12-under par more than an hour before the leaders.

The reviews of Erin Hills, with the tournament was complete, were largely positive.

Wisconsin Erin Hills, near Milwaukee, is the longest course in US Open history, and has been newly formed from farmland.

Dana Fry beamed as he stood on the range Sunday morning while Hideki Matsuyama and others warmed up for their final rounds at the U.S. Open.

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