Matsuyama joins Aoki as major runner-up from Japan

The 21-year-old Li had closed strongly in the second round to post a two-under 70 at Erin Hills and become China's first player to make the cut at a U.S. Open. But he wasn't in a warm-and-fuzzy mood.

Q. There were only two guys that shot a lower score in a U.S. Open than you ever.

But the American then paid the price for an over-aggressive birdie attempt on the 10th which sailed past the hole leaving an awkward putt to save par.

The pressure on his shoulders to lift his first major proved too much for the American, who carded a disappointing six-over par 76 to finish at two-under par and two behind eventual victor Lucas Glover. When he pushed a 30-foot birdie try on No. 12 a full 12 feet past the hole, he set himself up for bogey. He wasn't in any mood to pat himself on the back.

"I don't believe in moral victories", Harman said. "But can't complain the way I finished it off", Stricker said. But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament. He'd only won one previous tournament on the PGA Tour.

Rickie Fowler leads the US Open after shooting a seven-under 65 in the first round at Erin Hills.

Justin Thomas was unable to sustain momentum after carding a 9-under 63 Saturday, the best round in relation to par at a U.S. Open. See you all next year.

Eventually, Koepka made his way back to his homeland in 2015, and won on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. They included Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, the world's fourth-ranked player, who went out eight groups from the last and bolted up the board with a shiny 66 that left him 12 under.

Those who played poorly, like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - pre-tournament favourites, all - missed the cut. But now has the U.S. Open champion he knows that he chose the right career.

The 26-year-old from Southport was appearing in only his second US Open but despite surpassing his expectations he was unable to live with his playing partner, Koepka, on the final day.

The U.S. Golf Association was coming off a couple of sub-par performances at Chambers Bay and Oakmont, the latter overshadowed by a Sunday rules controversy.

To ensure that result, the organization tread cautiously at Erin Hills, opting for sensibility as it felt out its setup options.

Fowler shot even-par 72 to finish at 10 under.

But the tournament produced a quality victor and had an exciting Sunday right up until the moment Koepka shifted into a different gear.

So bring on Shinnecock Hills, Pebble Beach, Winged Foot, and Torrey Pines - traditional layouts with traditional challenges - for the next four U.S. Opens, and let the carnage unfold once again. The following day, Koepka won the tournament, and the day after that Koepka qualified for the British Open. Three years later, he's still waiting.

Heavy rain earlier in the week had softened the greens and taken the speed out of the fairways, and some golfers coped better than others in adapting to the new feel of the course. I felt that if I - I just wish I was able to put a little more pressure on the course. "You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, because that doesn't happen a whole lot". "Even though I'm not in it - nowhere near it", he said. He most likely held the win at -14, but displayed his strong mind by increasingly closing the gap as he got closer to the finish line, with a final score of -16.

"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said.

Koepka turned in a supreme display, making three successive birdies from the 14th to stamp his authority.

  • Zachary Reyes