Brooks Koepka surges late to win US Open, first major championship

Koepka's US Open victory is now the seventh consecutive major that has been claimed by a first-time champion, and when taking into account the performances from the likes of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in Wisconsin, the streak could well be extended to eight at The Open next month.

So this first Open at Erin Hills, which opened in 2006, belonged to newcomers. "I come from a baseball family".

Two things appeared likely. "He's so unflappable, he could nearly do with a little bit of a kick in the ass because sometimes it's like, 'Are you awake yet?' But despite his mean face he's as calm as it gets".

"I thought that the USGA did a phenomenal job this week of allowing the golf course to be what it is and play the way it's supposed to play". That means hitting it long off the tee is a priority. Spieth has said that he feels that he is striking the ball well, but that he is trying to get more consistent on and around the greens. Well, let's look at some pairings.

His confidence in the final round came, in part, from a short conversation the night before with Dustin Johnson, a friend who had been through his share of close calls and heartbreaks before finally becoming a major champion at the U.S. Open a year ago.

"You don't often see that in a U.S. Open", Hadwin said. I just couldn't get my mind to free up. "A couple of these par-fives, I don't even need to hit driver". On day 2, 46 players - one shy of the record for the second round - were in red numbers. So much for the featured group! On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green.

Lee Westwood's 76 perhaps impacted on post-round sentiment but the Englishman made it clear he would be in no hurry to return to Erin Hills. It was just the third time he made the cut.

Quite a bit of ink has been given to who is not at this year's Open Championship. Without a card on any tour when he got out of Florida State, Koepka filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island.

It's been a steady rise in the sport for Koepka, if not necessarily a straight one. He was in California for his daughter's high school graduation, hopeful for enough of a weather delay to jet across the country to Wisconsin. There has been a lot of chatter about the decision with most people applauding it.

"Today is more like a British Open but they were soft conditions", the Big Easy said. Would he miss a finals game for the same reason. "What more can you ask for?"

Well, not exactly. "If I could do it over again, I'd play baseball-100 percent, no doubt", he says.

"I felt on Saturday I played great".

Still, Stricker was struck by the players' power.

He's not sure if his wife, Nicki, will repeat as his caddie next week, though. The pair is enjoying the week and they are crowd favorites. Not only did they hand out replica pins from Arnie's 1960 U.S. Open win at Cherry Hills to fans on Sunday at Erin Hills, the flag on the 18th green had the iconic image of Palmer tossing his visor into the air after his victory. He is not playing however, but caddying for his son Davis Love IV who goes by Dru. The announcers were concerned about how tough it would be for Cowan to traverse the hilly course carrying the bag for Jim Furyk.

BBC Radio 5 live's Jay Townsend said in commentary that Koepka only seriously got into golf after being involved in a auto accident at the age of 10. While 18 was there for the taking for other players, he finished both Round 3 and Round 4 with a bogey on the final hole. Enjoy the final round everybody.



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