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Classy Koepka claims US Open glory at Erin Hills

19 June 2017

Young Chinese Li Haotong wrapped up his first taste of major championship golf with a 12-over-par 84 to stand last early in Sunday's US Open final round, but said he valued the experience.

Koepka recorded three quick victories on the satellite circuit to make the step up to the European Tour before the Floridian eventually progressed to the US -based PGA Tour.

"A three-wood 300 yards yesterday for Justin Thomas", he said, referring to Thomas's approach to the par-five 18th that led to an eagle for a U.S. Open record score of nine-under 63.

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. The challenge now will be matching the expectations that will be placed on him moving forward.

Koepka is trying for his first major championship. As the roars began to grow, the battle of long hitter vs. tactician faded.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - The list of places Brooks Koepka had to go to win golf tournaments looks like a page straight out of a travelogue. "It feels wonderful to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names".

The 18th hole at Erin Hills has a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open.

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Brian Harman was the leader heading into the Final Round at Erin Hills.

"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".

"So you had to play different shots and the wind is really blustery out there". "I think that's good enough for my career as the first time".

However, Harman eventually stumbled with back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 and his rival found peak form at the flawless moment - birdieing three holes in a row from the 14th to all but wrap up the tournament.

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

Koepka, 27, wound up winning by four shots over the 30-year-old Harman, who was done in by back-to-back bogeys right when Koepka was making his run, and Hideki Matsuyama, who closed with a 66.

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The fifth-ranked player in the world hit a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 69 on Sunday.

"Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, "just stay patient".

On Sunday, he added Erin Hills in Wisconsin to the list - the stop that made all those frequent flier miles worth it. It's a score that would've won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of the U.S. Open.

Thomas bogeyed three of his first five holes to drop back to 8 under.

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