Martin Kaymer ran away from everyone from the start of the final round in 2014, and by the time Koepka hit the gas pedal on Sunday, Fowler had already started his slide.
"It was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", Spieth said. "I think it would be pretty cool winning the U.S. Open as an Am, and that was my goal coming in. It hasn't sunk in, obviously, and (it) probably won't for a few days". He tied with Japanese world number four Hideki Matsuyama who shot a superb six-under-par 66.
England's Tommy Fleetwood had gone into the final day with a sniff of glory.
And after tapping in the final putt on the finishing hole, he pumped his fist three times and yelled, "Yes!" After his consecutive bogeys, he birdied on the long par-5 14th hole, and again at 16. After his second shot found the bunker, Koepka made an impressive shot to set up a short birdie putt to provide him with a two-stroke lead.
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The roundabout way is turning out pretty well for the big-hitting Floridian, who captured his first major title Sunday at the 117th United States Open at whopping Erin Hills. Koepka bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, marking the first time he registered a bogey on the back nine during the tournament. South Korea's Kim Si-Woo is one back on nine under, just ahead of Patrick Reed, Charley Hoffman and Russell Henley on eight under.
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.
Harman finished with a bogey on 18. Now, he says, "I don't even know what it was". A birdie at the 16th brought him within 3 strokes, but that was as close as he would get.
T5. Xander Schauffele (-10): You might not be able to pronounce his name, but you should probably learn since the PGA Tour rookie has shown he is going to be around for a while with his play at Erin Hills. "I've done it before, but he did it today". "They've got no fear", Steve Stricker said. "And the more patient that I can become, the more times I'll put myself in this situation". But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more. And he said he was pulling for me and just hang in there. He began the day a shot behind the leader, Brian Harman.
"Today is more like a British Open but they were soft conditions", the Big Easy said.
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The house shared by Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas not far from Erin Hills was supposed to be the scene of someone's breaking out party Sunday night... instead it served as the scene of post mortems.
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. I just couldn't get my mind to free up.
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He walked to the 18th green to a rousing ovation and left it as the U.S. Open clubhouse leader, though at five under par Steve Stricker eventually finished 11 strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka. When the wind picked up Sunday, Ernie Els thought of another major championship.
"I know from his victory in the Scottish Challenge talking with people there. who have a high regard and love of the game of golf, that many of them forecast great things for this young gentleman then", Schofield told reporters. "So I think that was kind of the changing point of the round for me".
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