Fowler, Thomas fizzle at US Open

Brian Harman leads the US Open

His par on the last hole tied Rory McIlroy's record 16-under par at the 2011 U.S. Open and gave him a four-shot victory. But he's proven for a long time how good he is.

And the 26-year-old from Southport, who finished a shot ahead of world number one Dustin Johnson to claim his second European Tour title in Abu Dhabi in January, paid tribute to Finnis.

1 Koepka started playing golf when he was 10 years old following a auto crash that left him with facial injuries and meant he was banned from playing contact sports. As Brian Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one. The Japanese golfer started the week poorly and was always playing catch-up.

Although Harman has never come close to losing his PGA Tour card since qualifying for the 2012 season, pro success has come a bit slower. The American left-hander dropped a shot at the 18 after a wild drive.

Rickie Fowler, urged on by the biggest galleries at Erin Hills, turned in a scrappy outward nine mixing two birdies with a bogey to sit three back of the leader.

Koepka's birdie run from 14-16 was the culmination of a dominant stretch on the back nine all week. 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.

The soft, forgiving conditions created opportunity for major movement up the leaderboard for those players willing to take it. I hit some awful drives on 1 and 2, but made some pars, made a great birdie on 3, and then just I kind of thought if I parred, kept parring, I was going to have a really good chance. "To get the calls and text messages I did last night was pretty special - everybody just giving me a piece of advice, just stick to what I've done and that's what I did today".

Behind the leading quartet, a logjam grouped eight players within two shots of the lead.

What he failed to add was that not only was it windy, but Koepka scored his 67 on a course measuring nearly 8,000 yards, set up to play as hard as it possibly could.

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills. It was imperative the USGA get this one right, and it did.

In 2014, it appeared inevitable that the American would break through at the highest level as he recorded successive top-five finishes in the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship - tying for second in the middle two events.

"I just tried to stay away from it". You could hit it far and the fairways were generous enough.

HARMAN: Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played. He says he loved seeing different parts of the world, but there was hardship, too. In fact you have to look down to 17th place on the leaderboard before you find a major victor in South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion. "This is truly special for me".

Like Harman, Thomas couldn't match Koepka's final-round mastery, which came on Father's Day.

Fowler though was satisfied though after sealing his seventh top 10 finish in a major.

Rickie Fowler was hoping to wipe away the past. And that four-foot bogey putt on No. 18 gave Harman a share of runner-up honors and saved him $500,000! I think Brooks went out and won the tournament.

2 His girlfriend, who was seen celebrating with him at Erin Hills, is actress Jena Sims who has been in films alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas.

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