“Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool”, Scheffler said. The long-hitting American travelled far and wide, from Kazakhstan to Kenya and mainland Europe, cramming into bed and breakfast rooms with fellow players, spending some nights sleeping in cars, and learning about life and how to win.
‘I called (agent) Blake Smith the night of the third round (of the Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore),’ Koepka said after collecting a record first prize of $2.16million (£1.6million) at Erin Hills.
“It’s kind of hard to miss the leaderboard, I knew where I stood”, Koepka said on the broadcast. I just want to go home.
BROOKS KOEPKA, a golfer who many said would be a future major champion, fulfilled his destiny by winning the US Open at Erin Hills after a phone call from defending champion Dustin Johnson.
“I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over”, Koepka said.
He stayed. He won.
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.
Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 times at the U.S. Open.
Koepka can’t count the miles he traveled after leaving Florida State, but he wouldn’t trade the path that led him to a major championship at age 27.
Those who saw him couldn’t ignore the sheer athleticism, raw power and quiet confidence. I like classic US Open courses but this is different.
With strong winds buffeting the 7,721-yard layout at Erin Hills earlier in the day, Mother Nature had appeared poised to bite back after three days of benign conditions which led to a feast of low-scoring. He was the best from the Field to hit Greens in Regulation.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood was alone in fourth, five strokes off Koepka’s pace.
67 Final-round score for Koepka, lowest by a tournament champion since Tiger Woods in 2000 at Pebble Beach.
16 Under par for Koepka, tying McIlroy in 2011 for lowest 72-hole score to par in tournament history.
All-in-all, the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills proved to be memorable, historic and exciting.
Harman, the leader heading into the final round, gave it a good fight before finishing four shots back with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.
Despite such a chill personality, there was some irritation about not winning as much as he felt he should.
So what did Koepka, who by then was a professional athlete himself, say when LeBron and the Miami Heat won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013? Three months later, he powered his way to victory in the Phoenix Open.
“I was way more confident this week than I’ve ever been”.
“I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can get into contention in these events again”. “It’s one of those things”. I’m not a big fan of losing, I don’t think anyone out here is. “He was phenomenal – I would’ve like to have played like that”. “Teeing off at nearly 3 o’clock Central Time is just weird for me, because I wake up pretty early”. He also qualified out of Memphis, surviving a five-man playoff for one of the final two spots.