Brooks Koepka wins US Open title
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 11:23
The opening round was without Phil Mickelson for the first time since 1993. Fleetwood missed the cut in his first Masters this past April.
Harman hadn't made a bogey all week on the back nine, but he made three with the noose of pressure tightening and his closing six on the long 18 dropped him back to a share of second with Matsuyama. A chip on the fourth nearly went in, but then trickled back to 4 feet and he blocked the par putt to the right. "But it's a totally different feel and atmosphere than what I just did here this week". "But I can't complain the way I finished it", Stricker said.
And they had even more company.
Koepka's final round included a 34-foot birdie putt on No. 8, a crucial 9-footer for par on No. 13, and a 17-foot birdie putt on No. 16 that iced his victory.
Day at least managed to find one positive spin.
The low scoring suggested the 11-year-old course was a cream puff, hardly the USGA's idea of the ultimate test in golf.
"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free", Fowler said. He edged Rickie Fowler on the leader board and he still holds a slim edge on him for the title of best current player without a major.
After a poor shot on the par-3 13th, Koepka made a long putt to save par and keep him one stroke ahead of Matsuyama in the lead. The cut was projected at one-over.
"Yeah, I was in the hay too much over the last couple of days", Day said. "And just unfortunately, this didn't pan out".
Torrential rain that doused the 7,818-yard layout at Erin Hills overnight presented the field with a feast of birdie chances, transforming the leaderboard into a sea of red as dusk fell. If only he had hit the fairways.
"Next week is more about raising some money, giving back to the community", said Stricker, whose event raised more than $1 million for local charities previous year. And even that was frustrating.
McIlroy has birdied three of his last four holes.
Reed was one of the biggest movers, powering up the board with a dazzling seven-under-par 65 that included four birdies on the front nine against one bogey. But it's hard to compare any Champions event to playing well in the U.S. Open.
McIlroy dismissed the notion of being rusty before the tournament, but conceded on his way out of Wisconsin that he hasn't played almost enough.
The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year.
"He played a fantastic bunker shot on 14, and the second shot he hit on 15 was the best shot I thought he hit all day". "I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough".
His schedule will pick up immediately. Here if you can hit it long and straight, it's a great advantage. "Even just trying to take my medicine was very, very hard".
"Being out of position off the tee does not help", he said. He's already qualified for the British Open next month and likely has locked up a spot in the PGA Championship in August. He has never won a major before but is looking poised to do just that this weekend.