Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

The 27-year-old from Florida, who turned professional in 2012, had won just once on the PGA Tour coming into the championship, but over the course of four days that saw saw the established names fall by the wayside, Koepka held his nerve to win his first major and with it a cheque for $2.1m (£1.6m).

Koepka said Sunday he had been determined not to let his latest opportunity slip away. You could hit it far and the fairways were generous enough. "I was striking it unbelievably, my speed control [on the greens] was great, and I was fighting the ball".

"To get to travel the world at 22, 21 years old, and do what you do for a living is pretty neat", Koepka said.

"That's about the best I've ever played", he said afterwards. "You've got to deal with that and it's all new for me".

The muscular American, who started the day one back of the lead, tamed his nerves and a wind-whipped Erin Hills carding six birdies, including two to kick-start his round, against a single bogey for a five-under 67 to finish four clear of compatriot Brian Harman (72) and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (66).

"It gives you a good grounding", Fleetwood said.

New world No10 Koepka proved a great champion, rarely playing a bad shot all week and illustrating again just how much strength in depth golf now enjoys. "It was windy and he shot five under, fair play".

Undeterred, Koepka shot rounds of 69 and 65 to win the qualifier and book his place at Muirfield, where he and Dustin Johnson - the man he would later succeed as US Open champion - played Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in one of the game's most competitive practice round matches.




On Sunday, Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, beating the rest of the field by a healthy four strokes and tying Rory McIlroy's mark for lowest-under-par score in the history of the tournament at 16-under. "I felt like I just never fully came together".

A disturbing trend, or just a rough day on the golf course? Congrats Koepka on an incredible 4 Rounds of Golf at the US Open!

The 27-year-old Koepka gained confidence from his maiden Ryder Cup appearance, last year at Hazeltine as the United States of America regained the trophy.

"You know, this is a golf course, that I really like this golf course".

This week, he received pep talks from swing coach Claude Harmon III, master short-game coach Pete Cowen and from Johnson, last year's US Open victor. "It has an Open Championship feel about it". Koepka bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, marking the first time he registered a bogey on the back nine during the tournament.

Justin Thomas, who shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday - a record in relation to par - to reach Sunday's final pairing while in a second-place tie with Koepka and Fleetwood, struggled in the final round with a 3-over 75 and tied for ninth at 280.

"I had an opportunity today and didn't get it done. That's the reason I felt I had so much confidence coming down". Seconded his caddie, the Northern Irishman and American dual citizen Ricky Elliott, "To be honest, he was just so in control all day". "Came up a little bit short". I just felt like I should be winning more. Exhausted of travelling. I just wanted to be home, even though I think I had the lead at that point and was about to win the third one.

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