Brooks Koepka wins US Open, ties Rory McIlroy's scoring mark

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

One of golf's biggest hitters, the 27-year-old also demonstrated a killer instinct along with a deft touch with the putter, rolling in a monster 41-foot birdie putt at the eighth.

Brooks Koepka reacts after winning the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Brooks Koepka reacts after scoring a birdie on the 15th hole.

"I felt like I've underachieved, " Koepka said.

Third-round leader Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama finished tied for second, four shots back.

Rickie Fowler is 1 under through four holes and tied for third with Tommy Fleetwood at 11 under.

After hitting a short par putt on 18, Koepka-playing a group ahead of Harman-pumped his fist twice in celebration.

But in the end, a four-hole stretch of par and three birdies made Koepka - a 2008 graduate of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach - a household name.

Koepka answered that challenge, posting his three consecutive birdies after sinking a tough par-saving putt on the 13th.

It appeared as though Koepka and Harman were set for a memorable battle when Koepka held a one-stroke lead after the front nine.

Any possible blunder by Koepka was eliminated by a two-putt par at the 17th and when he hit the longest tee shot of anyone at the 18th with, nearly unbelievably, a three-wood he had the title in hand and only a holed second from Harman at the last could change the US Open title's destiny.

Harman finished with a bogey on 18.

"You've got to put four good rounds together", Matsuyama said through an interpreter. "This (wind) is light and variable compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds". And by the middle of the back nine, only one player remained standing.

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"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today". So I really could have been through there with just one bogey. "It was probably one of the best shots I've hit all week, to be honest with you". "I just think Brooks went out and won the tournament".

The turning point came when Koepka bagged three consecutive birdies, starting with the par-five 14th while Harman carded back-to-back bogeys on the hard 12th and 13th holes.

This day, though, was all about Koepka from start to finish.

He birdied two of the next three holes following his bogeys on Nos. And then Koepka went unconscious.

How did Koepka win the title?

"It bites a little bit right now", Harman said.

Justin Thomas, who shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday-a record in relation to par-to reach Sunday's final pairing while in a second-place tie with Koepka and Fleetwood, struggled in the final round with a 3-over 75 and tied for ninth at 280.

I don't know if I have a 14- under in my bag to play.

Low amateur: Scottie Scheffler walked away with low amateur honors after a final-round 73 to finish 1 under.

Matsuyama will rue one shot in his final round.

The 27-year-old who went to Florida State and lives in South Florida, became the seventh consecutive major championship victor to become a first-time major victor.

The statistics show that he won with a combination of power and accuracy from tee to green on the 7,845-yard course, the longest in major championship history.

American Jordan Spieth, victor in 2015, closed with a three-under 69 to finish on one over.

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