Hideki Matsuyama closes with 6-under 66 in US Open

A fan yelled "say hello to your mother for me" following one of Brooks's tee shots over the weekend. "Do it today, baby!" But he seemed to get back on track in the second round, with birdies on six of his first eight holes.

Yet Fowler remained Mr.

"I knew I hit it really well", he said.

His friend, defending champion Dustin Johnson, was doing the talking. "You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn't happen a whole lot". I think that was the difference. Seven players finished at 10-under or better, a score that would have won every U.S. Open except two.

The 25-year-old Matsuyama could take some comfort and pride in matching the best finish ever by a Japanese in a men's major set by Hall of Famer Isao Aoki, runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. "It was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", Spieth said. He scored a 3-under 69 in windy conditions that left him 1 over for the tournament.

"It was fun to ... be able to score, because typically at a U.S. Open, you get your head beat in", American Rickie Fowler said.

This really could have been his U.S. Open.

With strong winds buffeting the 7,721-yard layout at Erin Hills earlier in the day, Mother Nature had appeared poised to bite back after three days of benign conditions which led to a feast of low-scoring.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open victor, shot a 69 to claw back to one-over.

"They're playing against the same people they always play against".

NOTES: Scottie Scheffler, who plays collegiately for the University of Texas, was the top amateur finisher at 287 for the tournament with a Sunday round of 73.

He started the final round one shot back of Harman but birdied the first two holes to take the lead.

At No. 15, the risky short par 4, he attacked a back-right pin, and netted another birdie.

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 past year.

"This week definitely helps a bunch", Scheffler said.

Fowler shot even-par 72 to finish at 10 under.

The buddies who shared a house near Erin Hills also shared the misery after a wind-swept final round in which they never got themselves into the mix.

After tying for 45th at the Memorial last month, Matsuyama arrived at Erin Hills on a downturn. Yes, but it turns out he's not just any golfer. It was far from certain he would win a U.S. Open only three years after riding a fourth place in a U.S. Open, at Pinehurst in North Carolina in 2014, to his PGA Tour card.

"All Jimmy (caddie Jimmy Johnson) and I were trying to do is give ourselves a best chance to make a four".

Brooks Koepka poses with the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Still, the Madison-area native hopes the USGA's signature championship returns. "Maybe narrow the fairways a bit, and I'd like to see the fescue a little bit thinner, so it's not a full-shot penalty for hitting in there". It's the first time since 1998-2000 (Lee Janzen, Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods) that Americans have won it three straight times. But I thought it was great.



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