Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Brooks Koepka wins US Open at Erin Hills with record-equalling performance

Brooks Koepka does things his way, very much his own man. His reaction was subdued, just like his close friend and last year's U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson.

QUOTEWORTHY: "I didn't get him a card, so I really hope this works", -Koepka on his plans for celebrating Father's Day with his dad, Bob.

Koepka's 16-under tied Rory McIlroy for the lowest score in relation to par in US Open history, and Koepka is just the third US Open victor to finish double digits below par (Tiger Woods).

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.

Compatriot Andrew Johnston dropped five shots in five holes on his front nine but rallied with a couple of birdies on the back nine as he closed with a three-over 75 and two over total.

"I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just, exhausted of golf". Instead, they say things like, "I'm past that now". On Saturday, he followed five birdies on the first nine with three bogeys on the back and on Sunday there was a triple bogey No. 8 sent him free-falling down the leaderboard.

Fleetwood, who was hoping to become the third English victor since 1924 after Tony Jacklin (1970) and Justin Rose (2013), began the day in a tie for second with Thomas and Brooks Koepka, a shot behind surprise leader Brian Harman.

"Probably a "B" right now", he said. "And to play well today on top of it was extra special". "But, at the same time, I don't feel like I lost a golf tournament, I think Brooks went out and won the tournament". Harman was a three-time 2nd team All-American at UGA.

"I just couldn't stand the fact that I had only won once" on Tour, he said. Matsuyama came to within two shots of the lead with two holes left to play in his round.

"I felt confident all week". "To be honest, I'm not a big golf nerd." he added. "Golf is kind of boring, not much action".

Through three days, Erin Hills had endured the test Fry sought for it when he first got the gig to co-design the course with Michael Hurdzan and Ron Whitten, even if rain and tame winds yielded low scores.

After missing the halfway cut in the 2012 US Open, the former Florida State University star took himself across the Atlantic to play the Challenge Tour. It seemed as though fans waiting to watch their regularly scheduled U.S. Open bloodbath would finally get their wish.

Playing her sixth career tour event, Jaengkit earned $19,500 to jump from 131st to 16th on the money list with $20,276.

Of the 24 players on the course early, only two are under par for the day - William McGirt and Jordan Spieth.

"I think it's an awesome golf course, " Spieth said.

The wind settled down shortly after the leaders teed off and, although still more hard than previous days, conditions were once again scoreable.

Hideki Matsuyama fires his approach into the 18th green.

Spieth is well off the lead of 12 under held by Brian Harman. It wasn't almost enough to catch Koepka, but it earned Matsuyama a tie for second place with Harman. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top. I was just trying to get in as low as I could. His only bogey on the back nine for the entire tournament was on 10. "On some of these par fives I don't even need to hit driver to get there and I putted brilliantly this week too".

A changing of golf's old guard has been underway for some time but the 117th U.S. Open signalled that it can be considered complete with neither Phil Mickelson and/or Tiger Woods teeing up at major for the first time since the 1994 U.S. Masters. "These guys play a different game".

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