Brooks Koepka fired a final-round 67 Sunday at Erin Hills to win the U.S. Open and wrap up his first major championship.
Koepka, 27, matched Rory McIlroy’s record for the lowest winning score to par at a U.S. Open by finishing at 16 -under.
Tied for the result with six flaws to play, Koepka made an 8-foot par putt on the 13 th hole. As Brian Harman began to fade, Koepka ran it on with birdies over the next three loopholes, lightly pumping his fist after each one.
His reaction was suppressed, just like his close friend and last year’s U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson.
It capped quite a jaunt for the 27 -year-old Floridian.
Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport with stomps from “the worlds largest” unlikely outposts in golf while playing the minor league on the European Tour — Kazakhstan and Kenya, Portugal and India and throughout Europe.
It was at the U.S. Open 3 years ago when Koepka tied for fourth that helped deserve a PGA Tour card, and he powered his mode from oblivion to his first Ryder Cup team last fall and now a major champion.
Harman’s fortunes ended with two straight bogeys, and a bogey on the par-5 18 th hole imparted him a 72 and a affiliation for second at 12 -under with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who shut with a 66. Matsuyama didn’t need to stick around very long. Koepka simply couldn’t miss.
Koepka also became the third American to win the U.S. Open after Dustin Johnson’s victory at Oakmont last year and Jordan Spieth’s win at Chambers Bay in 2015. The last day Americans won the U.S. Open in three straight times was 1998 -2 000( Lee Janzen, Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods ).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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