Brooks Koepka wins 117th US Open

19 Juin, 2017, 17:18 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

When he approached No. 14 with a wee one-shot lead and a budding legacy (one top-level European Tour win in Turkey, one win on the PGA Tour, in Phoenix, in 2015), he stood far from closing with a 67, a four-shot win, a rampaging total of 272 and a U.S. Open-record-tying score against par of 16 under. Afterward, Harman, a St. Simons Island resident, spoke at a news conference. In 2014, he was named rookie of the year in Europe and was also nominated for rookie of the year honours on the PGA Tour after two top-10s back home.

It bites a little bit right now. "But Brooks played so well today", Harman said. "The conditions were so tough". I guess all golfers need to get in the gym and bulk up.

"Maybe something happens in the next couple of months, win something to get into it for next year", Els added.

"But he just said a few things, and just stay patient".

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said.

Q. How do you feel about how well you handled it this weekend? I've been in the hunt in a lot of golf tournaments. He had been on the road for so long, in so many different countries, and was feeling lonely. And I felt confident all week.

"He's so subdued. He's just really, really chilled out", said his caddie, Ricky Elliot. Do you think it should? "But in my opinion, I would like to see another one here down the road".

The low scoring went much deeper than Koepka's final score. And to the surprise of many players, the USGA didn't overreact to low scores with unreasonable hole lengths and pin placements in the later rounds. He shot a 74 to finish at 7 over at Erin Hills, well off the lead. But this place is a fair test. He tacked on 68 in R3 to begin in a three-way T2, one back of 54-hole leader Brian Harman.

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"I mean there's probably not that much that's that interesting to be honest", he smiled. Look for big things to come from this big man. Just three years after the Pinehurst breakthrough, he ranked three birdies sure to become famous behind one par he found to be reassuring.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? "I don't believe in moral victories".

"I had an opportunity today and didn't get it done. I just think Brooks went out and won the tournament". You're here to play golf. I've been playing well. "DJ (his pal Dustin Johnson) called me last night". I don't know why. "It's a major and I gave myself a chance to win". So, yeah, I can relate to that. Jordan Spieth was never a factor, but admitted in a post-round interview the "general consensus" was that the players "really liked" the golf course. Can you talk about that? That was a big plus for me. A lot of people in the media love pointing that out. Yeah, it's definitely something I draw upon. "The ball-striking was pretty solid".

HARMAN: Yeah, I felt pretty calm. That was never a problem in golf and he overpowered Erin Hills despite the course playing the longest in tournament history. I was proud of the way I parred 1. I thought the way my game set up, I can win multiple times a year, I really do. He was only two behind when he made the turn, but bogeys on 12 and 15 - and no birdies until 18 - ended his hopes.

He birdied the 16th hole, and suddenly his lead was up to four strokes, which is where it stayed.

So without the craziness going on in front of me, that would have been my heroics for the day. I don't know. I'm just me. "He's just like Dustin, I would say".

HARMAN: I'll let you decide that. A tie for fourth at the U.S. Open that same year helped Koepka earn his U.S. PGA Tour card.

Their scores - 13-under, 12-under, 11-under, and a trio of 10-under's - would have won every U.S. Open contested, save three.


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