Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Koepka pulls away to win US Open


The fast-moving Koepka captured the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open but despite often putting himself in contention, the wins did not continue to flow and from 21 top-10 finishes on the US -based tour, he only had the one victory.

Matsuyama had eight birdies and two bogeys, finishing with a flourish with a birdie on the par-five 18th to end up tied with overnight leader Brian Harman on 12-under 276, four shots behind victor Brooks Koepka. Koepka finished at 16-under 272, matching the lowest score to par, set by Rory McIlroy in 2011 while winning at Congressional in Bethesda, Md.

"That's probably the most emotion I've ever shown coming down the stretch", Koepka said.

Koepka also noted that the major title was especially sweet on Father's Day since he didn't get anything for his dad.

While he hit 350-yard drives with his driver and 3-wood, one of his best weapons was patience.

He said Johnson, one of several big names to stunningly miss the cut, was supportive after the pair played a round together ahead of the event. However, opinions were mixed on whether Erin Hills deserved to be called a U.S. Open-caliber course. But it was an important 120 seconds.

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"Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, "just stay patient".

"I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough", Matsuyama said of his Open campaign. At this year's Masters, he entered the final round trailing by one but shot a 76 and was far from the drama between Garcia and Justin Rose.

While more players than usual broke par at a U.S. Open, numerous world's best golfers failed to make the halfway cut after Friday's second round.

The 14-time major victor reached the 10-under par figure on the final round at the California links based course compiling a final round 67 to reach 12-under par and become the first player to complete a US Open double digits under par.

"Yeah, no doubt. I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", the fifth-ranked player in the world said. It had to be today. "On some of these par fives I don't even need to hit a driver to get there".

"I've played 25 of them, and if I play another great".

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On another day of low-scoring, Casey and compatriot Tommy Fleetwood were bunched on seven under alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman after the second round. "Exhausted of traveling. I just wanted to be home", he said.

"I had an opportunity today and didn't get it done. But, at the same time, I don't feel like I lost a golf tournament, I think Brooks went out and won the tournament". "Hopefully, though, in the future, in majors, I can play in the either last or next to last group to give myself a better chance".

Below Harman on 12 under, three players are exhausted on 11 under - Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England's Tommy Fleetwood. Charley Hoffman (71) finished solo eighth at 9 under.

His 9-under tour of rain-softened Erin Hills eclipsed the 8-under-par 63 carded by Johnny Miller in winning the 1973 US Open at Oakmont, and matched the all-time low for any major of 63. His talent is unquestioned, his power admired, and his laid-back demeanor envied by many. "He's so unflappable, he could nearly do with a little bit of a kick in the ass because sometimes it's like, 'Are you awake yet?' But despite his mean face he's as calm as it gets". But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game. "He might even smile". Koepka bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, marking the first time he registered a bogey on the back nine during the tournament.

A disturbing trend, or just a rough day on the golf course?

Koepka wasn't alone in clobbering Erin Hills.

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It was a champion's posture just three years into the heavy mix for a player who came to it on an unconventional path.

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