Brooks Koepka wins US Open title

Brooks Koepka wins US Open title

US Open champion Brooks Koepka revealed he was "tired of golf" in 2013, while leading a competition that would earn him graduation to the European Tour.

Koepka broke away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open for his first major championship.

He matched the record set by Johnny Miller, who shot a round of 63 during the 1973 U.S. Open.

Current golfer Jonathan Hardee and former standout Robby Shelton won tournaments, while former greats Justin Thomas and Trey Mullinax recorded top-10 finishes at the 117th U.S. Open.

That victory five years ago at Royal Latham was his last tour win.

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 previous year.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.

The American travelled far and wide, from Kazakhstan to Kenya and mainland Europe, cramming into bed and breakfast rooms with fellow players, spending some nights sleeping in cars, and learning about life and how to win.

And he was ready to come home.

"It was a low point, Koepka confessed "I called my manager Blake Smith that night and I was like "I don't even want to play this final round - I just want to go home".

"I've worked my tail off over the last six months, made some changes, from grinding every day in the gym, trying to make sure that I was physically ready and strong enough to be able to swing the club the way I wanted to", he said. "I'll try to beat him the next time".

"It feels incredible to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names", Koepka said after becoming the seventh first-time major victor in succession, a run stretching back to Jason Day's victory in the 2015 US PGA Championship.

"I think I was just more aggressive than in the second round", he said about his third-round 82.

He stayed. He won.

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The US Open will likely head back to a tried-and-tested golf course next year, but for one year, golfers got to enjoy a attractive course in Erin Hills.

"To go over there, I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere", he said.

Those who saw him couldn't ignore the sheer athleticism, raw power and quiet confidence. I hope this makes up for it.' And I said, 'Yeah, you did pretty good son!

But Erin Hills in Wisconsin was a completely different story. Meanwhile, Brian Harman had just bogeyed the 12th hole to fall back to -12 under. Congrats Koepka on an awesome 4 Rounds of Golf at the US Open! He was tied with the record of most Strokes Under Par for the entire US Open.

Rickie Fowler leads the US Open after shooting a seven-under 65 in the first round at Erin Hills.

A beautifully controlled chip allowed him to tap in for birdie on 14, and after giving one back on 15, he leaned on the short stick to get within striking distance of second place on the 16th.

Yes, both of them, neither to be mistaken with anything Tiger Woods has done over the years.

There is also a financial windfall for Elliott, who pockets a percentage of Koepka's prize money of £1.6m. He told Jones that he was forgoing the traditional NY media tour that in recent years has served as the United States Open winner's victory lap.

"I'd won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour".

"I felt like I put myself in contention so many times", he said. I don't know why. "It's one of those things, not a big fan of losing".

"I'm glad a qualified and was able to play. I think Brooks went out and won the tournament".

This makes two on the PGA Tour, and it was a big one.

"Going over to play the Challenge Tour was really, really cool", he said.

"He's a great player and he's a great gentleman".

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