Brroks Koepka wins US Open title

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

"I didn t exactly get my dad a card, so this works".

Delight for Koepka meant disappointment for Harman, who topped the leaderboard after the third day But the 30-year-old's dream of becoming the first left-handed golfer to win a US Open were essentially ended on the 15th when his efforts to sink a birdie and ramp up the pressure on his compatriot ended in vain.

Brooks Koepka kisses the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

"That's awesome", Koepka said. "He went out and won the tournament on the back nine".

"I played really well today. Good ball-striker, good putter", Koepka said.

"And I felt like I really stayed patient all week".

"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said.

Brian Harman opened up a one-shot lead at the 117th US Open yesterday morning (Singapore time) in a dramatic third round lit up by a record-equalling 63 from Justin Thomas. But he started the day six shots out of the lead. He followed that up with birdies on the next three holes.

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"It bites a little bit right now", Harman said after his round. "And to play well today on top of it was extra special".

"I don't believe in moral victories", Harman said. Teeing off at nearly 3 o'clock central time is just freaky for me, because I wake up pretty early. So next to last group and you shoot the lowest round of the day, that's tough, that's tough.

"To go over there, I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere", said Koepka, who made his first U.S. Ryder Cup team previous year. McIllroy set this record in 2011 at the U.S. Open. The Florida State graduate noted he glanced at the leaderboard before his birdie putt on 14, which took him to 13 under and the outright lead. "There are so many (courses) to choose from, (but) I'm sure at some point, it will come back here". "I did see that", Koepka said. However, a bogey on the 10th hole dropped him back a stroke and more in line with the rest of the pack. It might have been just if he parred it.

"It's unbelievable", Koepka said during the presentation ceremony. He shot 5-under par and made only one bogey to finish at 16-under 272.

Rickie Fowler, urged on by the biggest galleries at Erin Hills, turned in a scrappy outward nine mixing two birdies with a bogey to sit three back of the leader. And I felt like I've put myself into contention so many times, and I don't want to say I got unlucky. But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game. I'd never teed off this late before, so that was different. But the back nine, just as it had been all through the tournament was Koepka's domain, and playing alongside Fleetwood - a friend from his days on the European circuit - was also a help.

With a gusty wind blowing across Erin Hills, Spieth's first shot at the par-3 13th hole landed about 5 feet from the flag.

Koepka settled for a tap-in par, but that didn't matter. I think that was the difference.

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