Koepka wins US Open title


THEY'RE IN: Top-10 finishes at Erin Hills will allow Xander Schauffele and Trey Mullinax to return to the U.S. Open next year. Either way, Koepka's record-tying 16-under 272 was far more than a runaway because he never once led the tournament until late yesterday afternoon.

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

And now their names are on the U.S. Open trophy, one after the other. Besides it being Koepka's first major win, it was his second professional win after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2015. I scrapped a little bit for it, but I felt fine. "I get a lot of experience in the last couple of days", Li added. "There are so many (courses) to choose from, (but) I'm sure at some point, it will come back here". "And I'll win if I stay patient and just keep doing what I'm doing". "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".

Brooks Koepka produced a back-nine birdie blitz to win the US Open, becoming the seventh consecutive first-time victor of a major with a record-equalling victory at Erin Hills.

His reaction was subdued, just like that of his close friend and last year's U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson. His message was short and sweet. It was a long call for us. "It was like two minutes".

"To be honest, he was just so in control", said his caddie, Ricky Elliott. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island. He also went 3-1 in his first Ryder Cup appearance last fall. The 24-year-old native Kentuckian shot 2-over 75 for the day, ending in a tie for ninth place with Brandt Snedeker and former Alabama teammate Trey Mullinax at 8-under for the tournament. "(He's) starting to figure it out and we're seeing it today.

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said. Come Sunday, however, it abandoned him. "I think that's been the consensus from everyone", Spieth said Sunday. Everyone giving me a piece of advice, stick to what I've done, that's what I did today. If I learned anything, you've got to put four good rounds together.

After birdieing his first two holes to claim the lead, the immensely powerful 27-year-old was joined at the summit by overnight leader Brian Harman, who looked set to push his fellow American all the way as the final groups moved past the turn.

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The fifth-ranked player in the world hit a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 69 on Sunday.

"To be honest with you, it really was the putt, the par save on 13", Koepka said. "It's truly an honor".

By the time he got to No. 18, the only question remaining was whether or not he would break McIlroy's record. "It would have been nice". Instead, they say things like, "I'm past that now". "So I really hope this works". If you told him at the start of the week he'd shoot 12 under par at the U.S. Open and not be the guy holding the trophy, he'd have taken the bet in a heartbeat. But the low scoring went much deeper than that. He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion.

Only McIlroy and Tiger Woods had previously finished double digits under par in the game's toughest test, while no runner-up had ever managed such a total.

This week alone, nine players reached at least 10 under and seven finished there.

Neither Rickie Fowler nor Justin Thomas threatened Koepka.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990.