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Brooks Koepka wins US Open

Brooks Koepka wins US Open Brooks Koepka wins US Open
Conrad Doyle | 19 June, 2017, 18:51

"It was a long phone call for us, it was like two minutes it wasn't much".

Koepka said he received a phone call from last year's USA open champion Dustin Johnson last night.

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

"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory".

"It is Father's Day, so hopefully - like I said, I didn't get him a card, so I really hope this works", Koepka said.

World number 22 Koepka then uncorked a brilliant trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to surge into a four-shot lead and virtually assure himself of the title. "It was something I thought was important, just to stay focussed and keep the pedal down".

"I learned a lot this week. But he's played so well in the majors, and played great in the Ryder Cup (at Hazeltine)". China's Li Haotong dropped four shots in his opening four holes, with a double-bogey and two bogeys. He held it together, tied with Koepka early in the back nine, before bogeying the 12th and 13th holes.

Harman made par on every hole on the front nine except three where he birdied.

"Yeah, I like it", he said about Erin Hills.

"And to be honest with you, this week I don't think I ever got nervous, not at one point". "It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under".

And yet, the runner-up finish was his fourth top-five finish in his past five starts, including a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Thomas, 24 and already a three-time tour victor this season, could not avoid a similar letdown. He won the next day to graduate to the European Tour. That earned him his PGA Tour card for the 2014-2015 season.

Fred Couples was 32 years old when he won the Masters for his first, and only, major.

It was a champion's posture just three years into the heavy mix for a player who came to it on an unconventional path. That was a big bonus for me as I am a big ball striker. "Golf is kind of boring, not much action".

While Koepka was in first place, Hideki Matsuyama was making a charge.

The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open.

No, nobody lost the 117th U.S. Open yesterday. Canada's Adam Hadwin was out in the worst of it and shot an eight-over 80 to finish nine-over for the week.

The wind settled down shortly after the leaders teed off and, although still more hard than previous days, conditions were once again scoreable. Hot enough to burn back Matsuyama's charge and Harman's relentlessness.

But he had to settle for a tie for second with Harman, four strokes back of the champion.

On the eve of Sunday's final round, Johnson called Koepka, who began Sunday a stroke off the lead, to offer some advice.

Torrential rain that doused the 7,818-yard layout at Erin Hills overnight presented the field with a feast of birdie chances, transforming the leaderboard into a sea of red as dusk fell.

"I felt like this was the lowest I could have shot", he said of his disappointing score. I've done it before, but he did it today. His only bogey on the back nine for the entire tournament was on 10. The 27-year-old Koepka is just climbing that ladder to stardom.

4 Koepka's great-uncle Dick Groat played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, won two World Series and was the 1960 National League MVP.

What he did looked awfully familiar Sunday at Erin Hills, minus any mess involving the rules.

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