Koepka caps a record week with US Open crown

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

Yet the biggest prizes continue to elude the popular 28-year-old, who now boasts six top-five finishes in majors without a title to show for his efforts.

Koepka carded a closing 67 to finish 16 under par, matching the tournament scoring record set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011.

Koepka, South Korea's Kim Si-woo, Japan's Hideki Matusyama, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Americans Brian Harman and Rickie Fowler were the names battling for major glory on Sunday, rather than the likes of Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink and Ernie Els. Koepka had birdied one and two and Harman had birdied three to leave them both at 13 under. It doesn't really surprise me. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, and (it) probably won't for a few days".

His margin of victory was four shots over two golfers who tied for second place - Brian Harman, also from the USA, and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

Emotion? The most he displayed was a light fist pump, his hand clenched a little tighter with each birdie, and a double fist pump on the 18th when he tapped in for par.

Koepka got in trouble again on the 14th when he put his second shot in a bunker. On the last hole today-a par five that measures 680 yards-he hit his three metalwood right down the middle of the fairway a whopping 379 yards.

Fleetwood, who was hoping to become only the third English victor since 1924 after Tony Jacklin (1970) and Justin Rose (2013), began the day in a tie for second with Koepka and made an encouraging start with a birdie from eight feet on the second.

When Matsuyama, at number four the highest ranked player to make the cut, delivered the round of the day a six-under 66 to get within one of the lead, a rampaging Koepka countered with golf's version of the knockout punch, clinching victory in ruthless style by registering three straight birdies from the 14th.

Tied with Koepka at 13 under, Harman missed his par putt at the par-4 12th to fall a shot off the lead.

Third-round leader Brian Harman had a share of the lead well into the afternoon until making back-to-back bogeys at hole Nos.

"And I felt confident all week, so to feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a major and coming down the stretch was pretty neat".

He won that tournament, made it to the regular European Tour, and then made it home to the PGA Tour. I've done it before, but he did it today. On Sunday, my game wasn't quite there, but I still got it round in level par. But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament. I just tried to stay away from it. Still, this was a pretty good weekend for the 30-year-old Harman, who was playing in just his eighth major. Martin Kaymer ran away from everyone from the start of the final round in 2014, and by the time Koepka hit the gas pedal on Sunday, Fowler had already started his slide. "And he said he was pulling for me and just hang in there". It wasn't almost enough to catch Koepka, but it earned Matsuyama a tie for second place with Harman. And once Koepka made his third straight birdie at 16, Harman knew his championship chase was over. He held steady at 12-under to finish in a tie for second after an even-par final round that would have been more than enough to win at many Opens. "It is Father's Day, so hopefully this (trophy) works". Koepka became the sixth consecutive first-time major victor with his sensational performance Erin Hills, Wisconsin. Amateur's Cameron Champ and Scottie Scheffler lay locked together for much of the final day, but Champ was unable to secure the birdie he needed on the 18th, meaning Scheffler would become the 2017 US Open leading amateur.

Si Woo Kim, the 21-year-old Players Championship victor who began a compelling three shots off the lead, shot 75 and finished at a commendable 6 under par.

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