Fleetwood keen to build on US Open experience

All of which made his U.S. Open victory Sunday at Erin Hills all the more special.

Tom Kite looks back on windy final round in 1992 at Pebble Beach.

4 Koepka's great-uncle Dick Groat played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, won two World Series and was the 1960 National League MVP.

Not even the wind could stop the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills. The 27-year-old has always been considered one of the game's most promising young players.

It capped a week when the biggest names vanished after two rounds, leaving on the leaderboard a collection of rarely seen names.

"That par save was massive on 13", Koepka said.

Koepka will receive $2.16 million for his success in the event.

"Yeah, if you had told me I was going to shoot 12 under this year at a U.S. Open and not win", he said, "I would have taken the bet for sure".

"There's something about majors where I just focus in a lot more".

His reaction was subdued, just like that of his close friend and last year's U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson.

During the first three rounds, Koepka shot 67-70-68 and one shot behind the leader, Brian Harman. "So I think that was kind of the changing point of the round for me". Play the same, too. "The golf course suited his game very well", said Nicklaus. "There's one on every hole so I knew where I stood", Koepka said. It was a similar case with Jason Day for the first half of previous year, Jordan Spieth for much of 2015 and McIlroy before that. "And it's no surprise".

When Matsuyama, at number four the highest ranked player to make the cut, delivered the round of the day a six-under 66 to get within one of the lead, a rampaging Koepka countered with golf's version of the knockout punch, clinching victory in ruthless style by registering three straight birdies from the 14th.

SHOT OF THE DAY: This was really the turning point for the victor, so this is the shot. Koepka hit an astounding 62 greens in regulation this week. "Unfortunately, I just didn't execute". I put myself in some good chances over the majors over the last few years and never really quite came through.

Other than him, nobody made a charge. But Thomas followed his record-setting 63 with a 75, and his hopes were essentially dashed after three bogeys over the first five holes. Fowler finished at 10 under, in a tie for fifth place. Aoki finished second to the legendary Jack Nicklaus at the 1980 U.S. Open.

When championship week began at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, the course, with the fescue, thick rough and rugged bunkers had the golf world buzzing. But the fairways were generous and the wind that serves as the course's best defense didn't kick up until the end.

Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open in 2014 over Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

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. "It was kind of bombs away", Koepka said. "I just wanted to be home, even though I was about to win the third one".

"I'd won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour".

Harman won the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur.

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