Koepka also noted that the major title was especially sweet on Father’s Day since he didn’t get anything for his dad.
Special Temporary Member and World No. 33 Tommy Fleetwood handed in an even-par 37-35=72 after the final round of the 117th U.S. Open for a four-day total of 11-under 277, down two spots to solo 4th, five adrift of champion and playing competitor Brooks Koepka, who shot 67.
Following on from Fowler’s success, Hideki Matsuyama and Chez Reavie finished their second rounds with a pair of 65s, and Patrick Reed chased down his own 65 on Saturday – making it the first US Open in history with four players to post seven-under-par rounds in the same tournament.
Koepka moved away from the field with successive birdies at the 14, 15 and 16 holes, and it meant that he could play the 17 and 18 safe in the knowledge that nobody was going to catch him. “I’ve been there a handful of times and had some good finishes”. “I think that built some confidence”.
“I think the Ryder Cup was kind of the first real taste of true pressure I think I’ve ever felt”, he added.
Harman, level with Koepka with six to play and without a bogey on the back nine all week, took his first at the 12th after his tee shot ended up in the belt-high fescue and followed that up with another at the 13th. And I felt like I’ve put myself into contention so many times, and I don’t want to say I got unlucky.
“I had an opportunity today and didn’t get it done”. “It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under”.
If you were taking one of those childhood tests to figure out which item doesn’t belong, Koepka would have been that item when talking about the golfing mecca of Jupiter, Fla. After three all-American seasons at Florida State, the Florida-native chose to start his career in Europe instead of America. He’d only won one previous tournament on the PGA Tour.
The 47-year-old South African has played in just about every imaginable condition over a 23-year PGA Tour career. Koepka bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, marking the first time he registered a bogey on the back nine during the tournament.
“You know at the start of the week I thought five-under would maybe win this thing and I was pretty far off”, Stricker said.
” He loves golf himself”.
Rickie Fowler lost his focus Sunday at Erin Hills. If there’s no wind and soft greens, we’re going to play well.
Unusual mentioned historical players including Francis Ouimet, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, whose names are on the U.S. Open Trophy. Thirty-one players finished under par. The honor and prestige of winning the event are what many golfers dream of accomplishing during their career, and the victory also comes with a first prize check of $2.16 million.
The wind settled down shortly after the leaders teed off and, although still more hard than previous days, conditions were once again scoreable.
The winds died down as the afternoon wore on, and Hideki Matsuyama, bidding to become the first Japanese victor of a men’s major, took full advantage.
As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.
Erin – Rickie Fowler refused to be downcast after his latest tilt at a maiden major fell flat at the US Open on Sunday. “So all around my game is pretty solid and I couldn’t be happier”.
The previous lowest score in relation to par was the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller in the final round of the 1973 Open. “And he said he was pulling for me and just hang in there”. The American left-hander dropped a shot at the 18 after a wild drive. Fowler finished at 10 under, in a tie for fifth place.
Spieth, the 2015 Open champion, was in the fifth of the 34 twosomes to tee off, and he tamed a course that was buffeted by 30 miles per hour winds with a 3-under 69, his best round of the week by two strokes. Wearing the red, white and blue, he learned he had to take the boring approach of one shot at a time and remain in the present.
Mullinax shot 68 on Sunday to tie for ninth at 8 under, eight shots behind victor Brooks Koepka.