Koepka secures maiden major with US Open victory

Brooks Koepka had a birdie putt on every hole and made three of them to build a one-shot lead after nine holes Sunday in the U.S. Open.

Koepka won his first major championship.

While the top three players in the world missed the cut, Koepka showed in his U.S. Open win reasons to believe that he can join the Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy tier sooner than many expected.

Koepka carded a 5-under-par 67 to clinch his first major title, finishing at 16-under overall, ahead of Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama (12-under) who tied for second place.

Brooks Koepka secured the first major of his career by surging to glory to win the US Open in some style at Erin Hills on Sunday (18 June). Justin Thomas shot a record score of a nine-under par 63 in the third round on Saturday. Koepka finally took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 8. I did see that but I don't know if it had come up that (Harman) had bogeyed yet.

Listen, if you will, to Steve Stricker, a veteran, a 12-time PGA Tour victor, 50 years old and yet still good enough to finish T-16 here this week.

Fowler gave himself a break: "You kind of have to say, 'Hey, it's a major, I played well this week'".

The field for the final round was close as the day began. I don't know if I have a 14- under in my bag to play.

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The Florida native opened the final round 11 under and one shot behind Harman, the 54-hole leader.

The only men in the world's top 10 to significantly challenge a leaderboard dominated by players chasing their first victory at a major were Matsuyama and American Rickie Fowler and both of them are also yet to win one of golf's big four prizes. "The conditions were so tough". I thought that the USGA did a phenomenal job this week of allowing the golf course to be what it is and play the way it's supposed to play. He shot a 74 to finish at 7 over at Erin Hills, well off the lead.

Nonetheless, the birdie that started the string of three straight did wonders for Koepka's confidence.

Scottie Scheffler is the low amateur for this year's U.S. Open. The 25-year-old Japanese star had two of the best rounds of the tournament - he shot 65 on Friday - but a 2-over 74 in his opening round loomed large as the scores got lower and lower at a forgiving Erin Hills.

When this event ended, Koepka's image might have been summed up - entirely incorrectly - by one of his quotes this past week when he said that nothing in golf "really gets me too worked up, whatever happens, bogey, double bogey, birdie, eagle, I mean, I'm pretty chill anyway".

"Just keep doing what I was doing", he said. He shot even-par 72 and finished at 10-under for tournament, six back of Koepka.

American Jordan Spieth, victor in 2015, closed with a three-under 69 to finish on one over.

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