Li last at US Open, but values the experience

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

Defending champion Dustin Johnson failed to make the cut - but gave Koepka some advice after Saturday's third round. "It was like two minutes, it wasn't much". I don't want to say I was homesick, I was just exhausted of golf, exhausted of traveling.

Coming into this round four with a crowded field at the top of the leaderboard, Koepka, like a thoroughbred in the final straight, chose to pull away, making three birdies in a row on the back nine to leave the rest of the competition behind.

Koepka's 16-under-par total equalled the record for the lowest winning under par total at a US Open set by Rory McIlroy at the 2011 championship. Any other day, it probably would have been enough to lift the Cup. "I can't fault his work ethic, which is a massive part of it for me". Between conversations I've had with Claude [Harmon III] and Pete Cowan sat me down, I think, on Tuesday, and kind of had a conversation with me just kind of staying patient, not trying to win. He had been on the road for so long, in so many countries, and was feeling lonely.

Li, who turned professional at age 16 and won the Volvo China Open a year ago on the European Tour, said he started pressing in the third round.

By winning the U.S. Open, Koepka took home $2.1 million this week alone.

A couple fewer mistakes on the back nine might have given Harman a better chance at a major breakthrough. Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 times at the U.S. Open. McIlroy and Tiger Woods (12 under at Pebble Beach in 2000) had been the only players to finish there. He shot even-par 72 and finished at 10-under for tournament, six back of Koepka.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990.

World No.13 Justin Thomas dropped to eight-under with a 75 a day after setting the record for lowest round relative to par in US Open history with a nine-under 63.

Americans Bill Haas, first-round leader Rickie Fowler and PGA rookie Xander Schauffele were tied for fifth place at 10-under. He had three bogeys and two birdies on back nine, finishing with a 1-under 71. He finished 10 under.

"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory". "You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, because that doesn't happen a whole lot".

After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the U.S. Open's final round as heavy winds pummeled the links-style layout, adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major.

"Well, it wasn't going to be like yesterday, regardless", Thomas said. I'm sure Erin Hills and the USGA would like it to play firmer and faster to see what it would be like.

But while Johnson, Day, Spieth and McIlroy have already broken their major ducks, Fowler's wait to lift one of golf's big four championships goes on.

It has been 20 years since Els won the U.S. Open at Congressional, when he held off Colin Montgomerie by a stroke.

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