Brooks Koepka wins 2017 US Open

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

Rickie Fowler was a further shot behind on 10-under alongside Xander Schauffele and Bill Haas. And they plenty of company.

Leaving the disappointment of the 18th aside, the 30-year-old was looking on the bright side after taking just 27 putts - his first sub-30 putting round all week. "I thought that the USGA did a phenomenal job this week of allowing the golf course to be what it is and play the way it's supposed to play - not trying to do anything to hold any kind of standard". His reaction was subdued, just like his close friend and last year's U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson. Rory McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home".

That doesn't sound like the U.S. Open. He had been on the road for so long, in so many different countries, and was feeling lonely.

"I just need to keep it going".

"You kind of just take today with a grain of salt, laugh it off as best you can and try to just forget about it", Hadwin said.

"I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday all of the way through today".

Fowler's seven birdies were from no more than 12 feet, including three in a row around the turn.

"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. "If you look at the negatives too much, I mean, you're going to be stuck doing that the whole time". "But I'd rather be remembered for something that's done on Sunday".

"It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days", said Koepka.

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Summerhays will tell you, though, that it's not where you stand in the current world rankings - Summerhays entered the week ranked No. 90 - but rather where you believe you should be in the rankings. For most others, it was being careless off the tee and facing the rigorous test of recovering.

Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13 under. "The scoring was so good this morning". He was in California for his daughter's high school graduation, hopeful for enough of a weather delay to jet across the country to Wisconsin. He put everything together this week at Erin Hills. The pilot, the only one aboard the blimp operated by Florida-based AirSign, was being treated for injuries.

"And I felt confident all week, so to feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a major and coming down the stretch was pretty neat". "What people saw for the first three rounds was not indicative of what this golf course can be like".

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages.

Emotion? The most he displayed was a light fist pump, his hand clenched a little tighter with each birdie, and a double fist pump on the 18th when he tapped in for par.

Harman, playing in the final pairing immediately behind Koepka, then rolled in a 29-foot birdie putt on the third to join Koepka at the top of the leaderboard.

This was, for all intents and purposes, the easiest U.S. Open of all time.

Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. "It's long and there's lots of terrain, but it's such a cool course standing on the tee". "There's one on every hole".

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