Golfers seem to give good reviews to US Open at Erin Hills
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 11:50
Twice. That was it.
Normally 5 under par would be good enough to win, or at least contend for, the U.S. Open title. His performance was anything but.
In the final round Fleetwood made three bogeys on the front nine and two birdies, and another birdie on the 14th. And, boy, there were a lot of names.
Koepka shot a 67 on his winning round.
For all of Koepka's magnificence on the golf course this weekend, its tough to believe that golf isn't even his favorite sport. He has one previous win while on the PGA Tour, winning the Phoenix Open during the 2015 tour season. But he's been close a lot. He came into the U.S. Open with one Ryder Cup appearance under his belt, and three top-five finishes in majors.
If you live in Jupiter, Fla., and you were taking one of those childhood tests to figure out which item doesn't belong, Koepka would have been that odd item out when talking about the community's pro golfer population.
"It was really cool", Stricker said. Now he truly belongs.
Koepka revealed Johnson, who missed the cut in Wisconsin, had called him after Saturday's third round to offer advice about how to cope with the final round.
"It was a long phone call for us - it was like 2 minutes", Koepka said. "It was like two minutes, it wasn't much". "Just don't get ahead of yourself", the laconic Koepka added. He was tied with Harman. This put him in second behind Brian Harman. He made the putt.
Koepka settled for a tap-in par, but that didn't matter. And that I'll win if I stay patient and just keep doing what I'm doing. "The shots he hit down the stretch, you can't describe how hard some of them are", Fleetwood said of his playing partner.
"Leaving that in the bunker wasn't that bad", he said. I don't think anyone out here is. He had a two-shot lead over Matsuyama, who was in the clubhouse.
And on 16, a par three, he put his tee shot 17 feet away for a chance at his third birdie in a row. But he started the day six shots out of the lead.
Yes, both of them, neither to be mistaken with anything Tiger Woods has done over the years.
"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free", Fowler said. "The ball-striking was pretty solid".
"It's unbelievable, I don't really know what to say", he told Sky Sports. "He was phenomenal - I would've like to have played like that".
New world No10 Koepka proved a great champion, rarely playing a bad shot all week and illustrating again just how much strength in depth golf now enjoys. He bogeyed the hole. My timing was just a little bit off. "But Brooks played so well on Monday". He had eight birdies and two bogeys.
Matsuyama meanwhile, produced an inspired round to raise hopes of a grandstand finish after he had begun the day six off the pace.
Fleetwood accepts that there will be so much more expectation on him now, with not just his family and friends being there in support. Wish him well and congratulate him. "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".
Koepka won't be anonymous. That 8-iron he hit to the back portion of the 15th green was better than it could ever look on TV.