Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Brooks Koepka wins US Open title


It was long - the longest in U.S. Open history - and the fescue lining the fairways was brutal.

He had a pretty good final round, too, shooting a 3-under 69 to finish at 5 under for the tournament.

Brian Harman watches his putt on the first hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

"It was really cool". "He's just like Dustin, I would say". "But Brooks played so well today".

The champion started the event with birdies on the first and second holes, and if he had any semblance of nerves, they disappeared immediately.

Koepka settled for a tap-in par, but that didn't matter.

"Yeah, that would have been nice to get".

"It was a long phone call", Koepka said.

He's not slowing down either. He had chances at the British Open and PGA that year, as well, but his play got overshadowed by others.

He's not sure if his wife, Nicki, will repeat as his caddie next week, though. "I think that's been the consensus from everyone", Spieth said Sunday.

He shot a 69 to finish at 1 over for the tournament.

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

When asked to rate his confidence level, Spieth assigned himself a "B", though he graded himself at an "A" with his putter. I just tried to stay away from it.

However, the 26-year-old from Southport then bogeyed the sixth after hitting a poor chip across the green and dropped another shot on the eighth after firing his approach over the green. He was the only amateur to qualify out of the tough Columbus, Ohio, sectional. Adam Scott was not happy with the direction the organization was headed, and many feared that Erin Hills' fescue would be too hard. What he does in the gym has a lot to do with why he's your new U.S. Open champion.

Fowler shot even-par 72 to finish at 10 under.

Behind the leading quartet, a logjam grouped eight players within two shots of the lead. Fans were given an Arnold Palmer pin upon arrival and the players played for a Palmer-stamped pin on the 18th green.

"But I just felt like I should be winning more".

The 20-year-old Wise closed with a 2-under 68 in 100-degree heat at Crestview for a 21-under 259 total and a five-stroke victory over Monday qualifier Beau Hossler.

But Els seems at peace with where he is at in his career. I think Tiger (Woods) had the best winning percentage of all time at 30 per cent, and you're lucky to even sniff close to 10. If not, it's fine.

"You've got to put four good rounds together", Matsuyama said through an interpreter. "So if that doesn't happen, it's been good".

The U.S. Open is supposed to be golf's ultimate test, and Erin Hills did not provide it. Players, by all accounts, loved it.

No need to go through qualifying for Shinnecock Hills, after having to travel that route to arrive at Erin Hills.

But with the gusts gradually weakening over the course of the afternoon, Koepka and Harman picked up where they left on Saturday, seamlessly getting into the groove early on to jump ahead of the field. Mullinax qualified out of the Memphis, Tennessee, sectional.

Fleetwood, who had made the cut in just one of his previous seven major appearances, finished alone in fourth on 11 under following a final round of 72, with Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Xander Schauffele a shot further back in fifth. He also qualified out of Memphis, surviving a five-man playoff for one of the final two spots.

"That was kind of the changing point of the round for me", he said.

Rickie Fowler said it was "fun" to play Erin Hills, which is an unusual descriptor for the U.S. Open. Palmer was similarly brawny when he won his lone U.S. Open, at Cherry Hills in Denver in 1960.

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