ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Brooks Koepka traveled around the globe to seek out his recreation. He discovered stardom proper at residence because the U.S. Open champion.
Koepka broke away from a decent pack with three straight birdies on the again 9 Sunday at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-underneath sixty seven to win the U.S. Open for his first main championship. A par on the ultimate gap tied Rory McIlroy’s document rating to par at sixteen beneath for a 4-shot victory.
Not even the wind might cease the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills.
And nothing might cease Koepka.
Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Koepka made an eight-foot par putt on the thirteenth gap. As Brian Harman started to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the subsequent three holes, flippantly pumping his fist after every one.
His response was subdued, identical to his shut good friend and final yr’s U.S. Open champion, Dustin Johnson.
It capped fairly a journey for the 27-yr-previous Floridian.
With no card on any tour when Koepka acquired out of Florida State, he crammed his passport with stamps from probably the most unlikely outposts in golf whereas enjoying the minor leagues on the European Tour — Kazakhstan and Kenya, Portugal and India and all through Europe.
It was on the U.S. Open three years in the past when Koepka tied for fourth that helped earn a PGA Tour card, and he powered his method from obscurity to his first Ryder Cup group final fall and now a serious champion.
Harman’s possibilities ended with two straight bogeys, and a bogey on the par-5 18th gap gave him a seventy two and a tie for second with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who closed with a sixty six. Matsuyama didn’t want to stay round very lengthy. Koepka merely couldn’t miss.
He turned the seventh straight first-time winner of a serious championship, and it was the primary time since 1998-2000 that People gained their nationwide championship three straight years.
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