Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion. "Yeah, I don't get those very often", Stricker said.

HAIL THE KING: The 18th hole at Erin Hills had a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open. He birdied the third hole to go to 13-under-par for the championship and then rattled off eight straight pars.

"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. "There are so many (courses) to choose from, (but) I'm sure at some point, it will come back here".

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages.

"I don't believe in moral victories", Harman said.

"So you had to play different shots and the wind is really blustery out there". Out in 41, he restored some semblance of order with a two-under-par back nine.

Fowler has started to rack up a series of poor Sunday finishes, especially in majors. Harman was a three-time 2nd team All-American at UGA. He is also unusual - at least for an American - in that at least part of his development as a player can be credited to the European Tour.

The two-time PGA Tour victor, and former Georgia star, showed a lot of heart while battling long hitters on a monstrous course.

Tommy Fleetwood, who played alongside Koepka and closed with a 72 to finish fourth, played the Challenge Tour a year before Koepka arrived. As recently as a couple of years ago he didn't seem to thrilled about his career choice.

"I have a lot of hard times in a major".

"Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played", he said. "Golf is kind of boring, not much action". After three days of benign conditions, players woke up to a howling Wisconsin wind. But when Johnson left Erin Hills Friday, he apparently was not finished having an impact on this U.S. Open. The two new ones they have played recently [Chambers Bay and Erin Hills] aren't as good as the older style courses like Shinnecock, Winged Foot, Oakmont and Congressional.

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

"I think I'll be more comfortable playing in the big events, and help me play better the next time", he said.

Hideki Matsuyama fires his approach into the 18th green.

Spieth is well off the lead of 12 under held by Brian Harman.

It had been an uphill battle for Matsuyama after he began the year's second major with a two-over 74. But no regrets. I didn't think we were playing that slow, but when they gave us the word, we played a lot quicker on 16 and 17. He was done in by three bogeys and no birdies on the front nine Sunday. The popular American shot even for the day and ended up at 10-under.

Koepka took it from there - a victory in Turkey against a strong field, his first PGA Tour victory in the Phoenix Open, his first Ryder Cup and now a major championship.

A three-time victor on the PGA Tour this season, Thomas also joined the exclusive "59" club by breaking 60 at the Sony Open, but he may have saved his best for Father's Day weekend and his quest for his first major crown.

ERIN, Wis. - Brooks Koepka received a short piece of advice from a valuable source on the eve of the final round at the U.S. Open.

  • Julie Sanders