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Koepka caps record week with US Open title

19 June 2017

Yes, but it turns out he's not just any golfer. Holding Brooks in his right arm, Bob poured in the birdie putt and looked down at his newborn son: "There's your first birdie, kid".

The 2010 US Open victor Graeme McDowell left Erin Hills at four-over-par, and he admitted on twitter after Thursday's round that he "Felt uncomfortable on the track today and just didn't play well".

Koepka became the seventh consecutive first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three years in a row. But it made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5-under.

Here in the middle of Nowheresville, USA, where silos outnumber Starbucks, 156 of the world's finest descended upon the unknown.

"It's tough when you come to a place for the first time not really knowing how to set it up, how to play it".

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

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NOTEWORTHY: Koepka is the seventh straight first-time major victor.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990.

"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said.

"It was a long phone call for us - it was like two minutes", Koepka said. That was four shots clear of Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman. I was playing so good and just missed a couple putts. "He still has it in there a little bit, but that's the fire that he has". "Are you awake yet?"

The World No. 337 (from 458 last week) was cut from the only previous US Open he had played in in 2013, and this time found himself at five-under-par in a share for 16th place. Even their casual-yet-confident gait looks familiar.

Brining up the rear of those that made the cut was stalwart Lee Westwood, who had put himself firmly in to contention early on in the tournament with an opening 69 but let it slip over the next few days with two 75s and a final-round 76.

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"Yeah, I mean there's probably not that much that's that interesting to be honest", said Koepka. "But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward". Erin Hills, situated 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee and carved out of rolling pastureland, was a first-time U.S. Open site. Last year, it bungled the supposed rules infraction by Dustin Johnson and the year before, it lost the greens at Chambers Bay.

An uneven finish on Saturday also hurt his chances. Koepka said he thought about the call on No. 14. But his journey to a major breakthrough was a circuitous one.

"[I was] just staying one shot at a time". "You could hit it far, and the fairways are generous enough where you could still miss it and hit the fairways". On the closing par-5 18th Sunday, Koepka hit a 373-yard tee shot with a 3-wood.

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills. I just didn't drive it as well today as I wanted to, so that would be something I'd work on going forward. I think Brooks went out and won the tournament. He was exhausted of golf, exhausted of traveling. But the low scoring went much deeper than that.

But this week, among his peers, Koepka was certainly considered a viable contender with his ability to overpower even the biggest courses - and Erin Hills was the U.S. Open's longest layout ever at almost 7,800 yards.

If you were taking one of those childhood tests to figure out which item doesn't belong, Koepka would have been that item when talking about the golfing mecca of Jupiter, Fla. "I don't know why".

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HARMAN: Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played. "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd won only once". So this didn't feel horribly different than those. Interestingly, while Koekpa was taking care of business in Wisconsin, younger brother Chase was on a plane to Denmark, trying to make his own mark on the world. "So I'm excited about playing in all four of them this year".