Koepka wins US Open Title

His confidence in the final round came, in part, from a short conversation the night before with Dustin Johnson, a friend who had been through his share of close calls and heartbreaks before finally becoming a major champion at the U.S. Open a year ago.

As far as Koepka is concerned, it was about time.

Koepka said the world number one had called him on Saturday, offering some advice which came in handy.

"I had won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour". I'm glad I qualified and was able to play.

"I just didn't have it today", Thomas said. I'm a good ball-striker and a couple of these par-fives I don't even need to hit driver, I can still get there. "So for me, I feel like I am trying to make up for some time lost", Harman said. I knew where I stood. "I've just got to get on the greens and have that cup start to look a bit bigger".

"Third round I was just a little frustrated, especially after I started". The past seven majors, dating back to Jason Day's victory at the 2015 PGA Championship, have been won by first-timers.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open victor, shot a 69 to claw back to one-over. His message was short and sweet. Koepka had birdied one and two and Harman had birdied three to leave them both at 13 under. "It was like two minutes".

Upon getting out of Florida State, he was without a card on any tour, so went onto the Challenge Tour, which is Europe's version of the Web.com Tour.

A 12-times victor on the PGA Tour and the US captain for this autumn's Presidents Cup, Stricker was denied a request for a special exemption into the field and had to qualify.

Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard.

"I kept telling people previous year after the Ryder Cup, when Brooks figures out how good he is, he's going to be a world beater", said Snedeker, who tied for ninth place at minus-8. "That's what we've been working on, but maybe a day like today is all it needed to just kind of calm down". "And then the reception and all of the support I got all week long was unbelievable". "I'll try and beat him next time". "I think that built some confidence". "I just felt like I should be winning more".

The rising Japanese superstar then poured in five back-nine birdies to send a scare into what had been shaping as a match play shootout between Koepka and Brian Harman with other overnight contenders flailing. "I finished last at the Memorial two weeks ago, so who knows, " he said. He had been on the road for so long, in so many different countries, and was feeling lonely. "It's truly an honor".

Graeme McDowell, also from Portrush, won the US Open 2010 with Rory McIlroy triumphing the following year.

He said he wasn't aware that he was a birdie away from the record. I'm sure Erin Hills and the USGA would like it to play firmer and faster to see what it would be like. "It would have been nice". "I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works". His 9 under was the best-ever U.S. Open score in relation to par.

Not even the wind could stop the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills.

It was only the third time in US Open history that the winning score was double digits under par. McIlroy and Tiger Woods (12 under at Pebble Beach in 2000) had been the only players to finish there.

Second-ranked Lydia Ko had a 68 to tie for 10th at 12-under.

Sharing fifth were Americans Xander Schauffele (69), Bill Haas (69) and Rickie Fowler (72) at 10-under.

  • Julie Sanders