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Koepka's big move takes US Open

Koepka's big move takes US Open”

The 27-year-old American took an unconventional route to the top, choosing to launch his career in the relative backwaters of the European Challenge Tour in 2012. Despite the fact that only three golfers scored better, Koepka did not receive much screen time. Heused the pivotal stretch to pull away and finish the championships at 16-under 272. Koepka said he thought about the call on No. 14.

"I think it was a blessing in disguise".

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama produced the lowest-scoring round on the final day as he shot a six-under-par 66 to end the tournament tied for second, along with overnight leader Brian Harman of the United States, on 12-under.

Koepka had a great Round; he was playing his best and didn't crumble under pressure.

Koepka tapped in for par on the 72nd hole and punched the air briefly. After his second shot found the bunker, Koepka made an impressive shot to set up a short birdie putt to provide him with a two-stroke lead. The fight for the top spot in the standings is heating up, with just 210 points separating Johnson and Thomas at first and third, respectively. Casey had a 66 on the first round but fell apart with a 75 and 74 on the last two rounds.

Matsuyama, who finished four shots behind in a tie for second, was also magnificent and must be close to being the best player out there yet to win one of the big four prizes.

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.

"I just felt like I should be winning more", Koepka said. "You've got to have something outside of golf that truly makes you happy".

Instead, Bob watched Golf Channel in the morning, went over to his club in Atlantis, Fla., and had lunch with his buddies. And I got out there with the putter a little bit (Sunday) and all week. I felt like I underachieved.

"Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, "Just stay patient". But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more. "He said, 'Catch me tomorrow.' I never got the autograph".

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

"He'd been knocking on the door for a while", said Justin Thomas, a two-time PGA Tour victor in 2016 who was in the final pairing.

Only after he signed his card did Koepka realize a birdie on the par-5 18th would have broken another U.S. Open record at Erin Hills. It's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day is pretty neat.

"I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works".

The 28-year-world number nine got off to a flying start on Thursday with a seven-under-par 65 but saw his momentum falter on Friday with one-over-par 73.

It all came together this week as his patient globe-trotting apprenticeship finally paid off.

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. And Phil Mickelson withdrew to attend his daughter's graduation. Responding to critics of Erin Hills - who said, after numerous low scores were posted Thursday, that the course wasn't hard enough - Hadwin took to Twitter: "For all of those ppl that thought this course was too easy, turn your tvs on".

"I played really well today". And I felt confident all week.



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