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Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

19 June 2017

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. He's the same as his best friend on Tour-#1 in Sony World rankings Dustin Johnson.

"That's awesome", Koepka said.

The American Ryder Cup star then bagged a trio of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to finish at eight under.

He walked to the 18th green to a rousing ovation and left it as the U.S. Open clubhouse leader, though at five under par Steve Stricker eventually finished 11 strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka.

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.

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"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day it's pretty neat", Koepka said afterwards. He opened with a pair of tap-in birdies and putted for birdie on every hole but the par-3 13th.

It capped quite a journey for the Floridian. Without a card on any tour when he got out of FSU, Koepka filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan and Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and Madeira Island.

One night in Scotland, he called his agent and wanted to come home, even though he was leading the tournament.

But the most impressive part of Brooks Koepka's golf game is his long drives.

"I just couldn't stand the fact that I had only won once" on Tour, he said.

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If you get the sense that Harman is a bit hard on himself, and expects a good bit more than he has produced, well, this wasn't just him feeling a bit down after missing out at the U.S. Open.

"To go over there, I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere", said Koepka, who made his first U.S. Ryder Cup team a year ago. 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. Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 U.S. Opens. Fowler's 10 under was only good for a fifth-place tie.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990. That's the longest streak since nine straight from the 2010 U.S. Open through the 2012 U.S. Open. He was done in by three bogeys and no birdies on the front nine Sunday. Later that year, he finished 10th in the British Open and 5th in the PGA Championship. "I feel like I've underachieved", Koepka said of his four years on the PGA Tour after spending three years playing tours around the world. "You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn't happen a whole lot".

American Brooks Koepka powered his way to a first major title in record-equalling fashion as Tommy Fleetwood's courageous US Open bid ended in disappointment. Rory McIlroy set the record in 2011.

Brooks Koepka walked up to the eighteenth tee on Sunday afternoon with a comfortable lead over his nearest challenger, Brian Harman. It's the first time since 1998-2000 (Lee Janzen, Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods) that Americans have won it three straight times. He tied with Japanese world number four Hideki Matsuyama, who shot a superb six-under-par 66.

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