Long road: Koepka’s journey now includes a US Open title

Long road: Koepka's journey now includes a US Open title

Five years after facing the media at Augusta and saying he was “not good enough to win a major”, Garcia finally collected one of the biggest prizes in golf after a captivating final-day battle with Justin Rose.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) – Before their names shared space on the silver U.S. Open trophy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth were together in a less attractive location.

“In the States sometimes it can nearly be too easy”, he told the Guardian four years ago.

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.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.

One three-week stretch on the Challenge Tour took him from India to South Africa to Kenya. I just didn’t have it today. “It might just be a little bit more of a mental headache if we do get to see that”.

Brooks Koepka poses with the trophy after winning the US Open at Erin Hills, Wisonsin. And then he flew to London early the next morning and qualified for the British Open.

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. It was an accomplishment that wasn’t lost on golf’s newest major champion, even if his father and other family members weren’t in attendance at Erin Hills on Sunday and missed one of Koepka’s appearances at a major for the first time.

Fowler meanwhile said Koepka’s victory – the seventh major in a row won by a first-timer reflected well on the state of golf.

Those who saw him couldn’t ignore the sheer athleticism, raw power and quiet confidence.

“I feel like I can go a long way”, he says.

On Sunday, he added Erin Hills in Wisconsin to the list – the stop that made all those frequent flier miles worth it.

Tied with Koepka at 13 under, Harman missed his par putt at the par-4 12th to fall a shot off the lead. “I finished last at the Memorial two weeks ago, so who knows, ” he said.

Brian Harman in the final group behind him made back-to-back bogeys and couldn’t catch up. He shot under par in all four rounds at Erin Hills golf course.

Brooks Koepka broke open a tight tournament with three straight birdies on the 14th through 16th holes and won the U.S. Open with a confident and steady show that bordered on the spectacular.

Powerful winds battered the US Open on Sunday as a wide-open final round got under way with a cluster of inexperienced contenders aiming to claim their first major title.


The 25-year-old Matsuyama could take some comfort and pride in matching the best finish ever by a Japanese in a men’s major set by Hall of Famer Isao Aoki, runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. “It was a long phone call”, he said.

Coming into this round four with a crowded field at the top of the leaderboard, Koepka, like a thoroughbred in the final straight, chose to pull away, making three birdies in a row on the back nine to leave the rest of the competition behind. You’re here to play golf for 18 holes.

Q. Tommy Fleetwood was just saying that he’ll draw upon this next time he steps up to the tee in a major championship.

Yes, both of them, neither to be mistaken with anything Tiger Woods has done over the years. Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open in 2014 over Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. Prior to Sunday, his only PGA Tour victory was in the 2015 Waste Management Open in Phoenix.

And that’s been it in the big leagues, though he has done well enough to make the Ryder Cup team previous year (going 3-1-0 in his matches).

“I’d won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour”. I felt very comfortable. “I don’t know how we brought it in on the back nine 3-under, but I guess I took advantage of some opportunities and made a great putt on 17, and obviously (a birdie on) 18 was a great way to end it”.