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Brooks Koepka runs away with US Open

19 June 2017

England's Paul Casey featured in a four-way tie at the top of the 117th US Open leaderboard on Friday as the big guns crashed out of contention. We watched the finish in the clubhouse on TV. The three previous players to shoot 63 in an early round at a U.S. Open all struggled the next day.

Koepka was the first to strike, making a birdie on the first to go to 12 under and take a share of the lead.

By the time Matsuyama - six behind at the start of the final round - rolled in his eighth birdie of the day on the 18th, he was just one adrift of Koepka, who had five holes still to complete. He turned pro in 2012 and played the Challenge Tour in Europe and then the European Tour his first three pro years, winning five tournaments.

Koepka carried a one-stroke lead into the back nine after a birdie at No. 8, but quickly fell back into a tie with Harman.

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Jack Nicklaus shot 71 and Tom Weiskopf 75 after their opening 63s in the 1980 U.S. Open. That earned him his PGA Tour card for the 2014-2015 season.

Koepka became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years. In his champion's interview with Curtis Strange, he opened up and talked about his mindset coming into Sunday and the most important golf round of his life. Your outlook on that depends on if you like your cup half full or half empty. Brooks Koepka captures the U.S. Open here at Erin Hills with a record tying 16-under par.

Stricker was rolling down the back end of the back nine, with three birdies between the 14th and 17th holes. In so doing, he lifted himself from golf obscurity to heights long predicted for him but not yet achieved. "For us it was like two minutes, it wasn't much", Koepka said. He wasn't missing shots, and the putt he made on 13 was the clincher. I did see that but I don't know if it had come up that (Harman) had bogeyed yet.

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Last year, it bungled the supposed rules infraction by Dustin Johnson and the year before, it lost the greens at Chambers Bay. Erin Hills, situated 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and carved out of rolling pastureland, was a first-time U.S.

"I feel like golf-wise I'm playing at the highest level". "Came up a little bit short".

"Just getting it wrong, aren't we", he said to his caddie Ian Finnis, who has been a major part of Fleetwood's revival after slipping to 188th in the world last September. Think about that the next time your hands are shaking over a two-footer to win a $2 Nassau. His impressive score is only matched by Rory McIlroy's signature 16-under performance at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in 2011. "No regrets, but I did play well". It doesn't really surprise me.

"I struck the ball the same way I have been". I felt confident all week. And I was pretty far off. He opened with a pair of tap-in birdies and putted for birdie on every hole but the par-3 13th. After leaving himself with a troubling putt for par he knew he was facing a potential bogey and to lose a stroke to par going at that point would be the kind of mistake Jones had spoken of. So next to last group and you shoot the lowest round of the day, that's tough, that's tough. "Now I think he's got a lot of confidence". On 11, the same thing. I think people - some of the guys - took my social media post (ripping the unplayability of some of the fescue) kind of the wrong way. "Couple of these par 5s, I don't even need to hit driver and I can still get there". Hot enough to burn back Matsuyama's charge and Harman's relentlessness. I just didn't drive it as well today as I wanted to, so that would be something I'd work on going forward. Koepka even said that Johnson had called him with encouragement Saturday night.

And Koepka looks like a guy we could hear from again. But if 12- or 13-under would have won, it would have hurt really bad. "I think Brooks went out and won the tournament".

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