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

US Open: The latest from the final round

US Open: The latest from the final round

Brooks Koepka has bagged his first major championship with a four-shot US Open victory at Erin Hills in Wisconsin on Sunday.

With strong winds buffeting the 7,721-yard layout at Erin Hills earlier in the day, Mother Nature had appeared poised to bite back after three days of benign conditions which led to a feast of low-scoring.

A dizzying day of action could be topped on Sunday with six players within three shots of the lead all eyeing their first major.

Despite rallying back with two closing birdies, a bogey at the 18th sealed 30-year-old Harman's fate.

Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a US Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive "59" club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year.

Koepka in control and with a 1-shot lead at US Open
A disturbing trend, or just a rough day on the golf course? And you can't do anything about what anybody else is doing. The gusts tapered off from the morning, but they still were making Erin Hills play more hard than it had all week.


Whoever emerged victorious would definitely have earned it given the conditions which were reminiscent of the final round of the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach.

Including Fowler, names like Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood are all looking to hoist the sterling silver in Erin Hills. When he came from nowhere to claim his national championship, there were only three players under 70. Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 times at the U.S. Open.

And he succeeded as US Open champion his good friend Dustin Johnson, who missed the cut at Erin Hills but gave him a pep talk on the phone after Saturday's third round. He then chipped to a few feet for a straightforward birdie to move to 13 under.

But the turning point in a gripping war of nerves came just after the turn when Harman struggled through back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th.

I's the final day of the US Open and nobody will be taking anything for granted specially considering the wind is expected to blow and make life doubly hard.

Forest fires kill at least 62 in central Portugal
Spain dispatched four water-bombing aircraft Sunday morning, and three firefighting planes arrived from France in the afternoon. Nearly 24 hours after the deaths Saturday night, fires were still churning across the forested hillsides of central Portugal .


Koepka landed the first blow on the par-four eighth, draining a magnificent 33ft putt to move one clear at 14 under. He shot a 3-under 69 for his first sub-70 score of the week and one that will inevitably allow him to float up the leaderboard by the end of the day.

Kite shot even-par 72 in gusty winds in 1992 at Pebble Beach, winning by two strokes over Jeff Sluman.

"That means I'm a part of history", he says.

Spieth, who finished one over par for the tournament, carded five birdies including one at the par-five 18th, and two bogeys. "The guys who do a really good job of that today are going to have a chance to win".

One dead, 35 injured in India's Darjeeling clashes
However, there were no reports of fresh clashes between the agitators and the security forces in Darjeeling . A senior police official said, "No one has been given permission to hold a rally in the hills".


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