Brooks Koepka has won the U.S. Open title for his first major championship.
Koepka became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years.
The 54-hole leader, Brian Harman, entered Sunday's final round attempting to become the first left-handed player to win the U.S. Open. With many new first-timers winning major tournaments in recent years, golf is becoming one of the sports to watch this summer, with more majors yet to be played.
"I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just, exhausted of golf".
World number 22 Koepka was not really in the discussion before the start of the tournament at Erin Hills but was the picture of calm as he delivered a performance worthy of a seasoned major victor, with three consecutive birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16.
Following the fifth U.S. Open appearance of his career, Putnam said he has learned this - golf is hard. But when the wind picked up on Sunday in the final round, scores rose with it.
Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, shakes hands with his caddie after his fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. But he said the wind wreaked havoc with his putts, blowing them off line and putting him in spots where "getting kind of the right gust at the right time was kind of key".
Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard. And I got hot with the putter there for a little bit today and all week. Yes, he did look slightly more excited when he won his first Tour event, in Phoenix in 2015. "I think that's a pretty good week".
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Having spent a good part of his golfing apprenticeship traveling the globe sleeping in cars and working his way up through the European minor tour, Koepka now steps into the USA sporting spotlight.
"What I've done this week is unbelievable", Koepka said when he read some of the names on the trophy. It lets you be aggressive, you can get on runs where you can make birdies.
A 12-times victor on the PGA Tour and the USA captain for this autumn's Presidents Cup, Stricker was denied a request for a special exemption into the field and had to qualify. But back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 caused him to slip while Koepka was surging ahead.
"It will be no surprise to many people back in Europe and certainly no surprise to all of the leading Europeans with whom he played with and against, and who he defeated in Turkey in 2014 as part of the final series in which they all played".
"It will be exciting", said Spieth, who has spent the annual Spring Break holiday with Thomas and Fowler the last two years. But he started the day six shots out of the lead. I just stayed in the moment.
"It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days", said Koepka.
But, as Matsuyama's closing birdie pulled him within one of the lead at -12, Koepka found overdrive. Koepka finished with a score of 67 and tied Rory McIllroy's record for the lowest score in relation to par in history. Instead, they say things like, "I'm past that now". But in those two minutes, Johnson, victor of the 2016 U.S. Open, misser of the cut this year, imparted a little wisdom. "I just didn't play well".
Putnam tied for 35th at 1-over 289, eclipsing his two previous finishes at Congressional in 2011 (45th) and Oakmont in 2007 (55th).