Koepka wins first major championship at US Open

The long-hitting American traveled 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. It's a score that would've won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of the U.S. Open.

The Japanese world number four rattled off three quick birdies in his opening five holes, which included an incredible 41ft putt on the second to launch his charge.

"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said after his round.

"I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works".

He shot 5-under par and made only one bogey to finish at 16-under 272. "And I felt like I put myself in contention so many times", Koepka said.

"It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5 under", Thomas said.

Matsuyama fired the lowest final round of the day, a six-under-par 66 to finish four shots adrift of victor Brooks Koepka at Erin Hills. 12 and 13. A hole ahead, and fresh off his par save, Koepka began his birdie binge. Today my game wasn't quite there, but still got it round in level par.

The list of places Brooks Koepka had to go to win golf tournaments looks like a page straight out of a travelogue. After three all-American seasons at Florida State, the Florida-native chose to start his career in Europe instead of America.

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"I'd won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour". In 2014, he was named rookie of the year in Europe and was also nominated for rookie of the year honours on the PGA Tour after two top-10s back home.

Erin - Hideki Matsuyama believes he is edging closer to his dream of winning a first major after a sparkling final round left him just short at the US Open on Sunday. As recently as a couple of years ago he didn't seem to thrilled about his career choice. Just keep doing what you're doing, you're going to win the thing. "Golf is kind of boring, not much action".

A changing of golf's old guard has been underway for some time but the 117th U.S. Open signalled that it can be considered complete with neither Phil Mickelson and/or Tiger Woods teeing up at major for the first time since the 1994 U.S. Masters. After three days of benign conditions, players woke up to a howling Wisconsin wind. It was long — the longest in U.S. Open history — and the fescue lining the fairways was brutal. Canada's Adam Hadwin was out in the worst of it and shot an eight-over 80 to finish nine-over for the week.

Take the shots one at a time, Johnson told him. "For us it was like two minutes, it wasn't much", Koepka said. He shot a Sunday 66 and was in the clubhouse at 12-under par more than an hour before the leaders. He followed with a 10-footer at 15 after a "chipped" 8-iron from 155 yards and then nailed a 17-footer at 16 to tie McIlroy at 16 under.

The muscular American, who started the day one back of the lead, tamed his nerves and a wind-whipped course, carding six birdies, including two to kick-start his round, against a single bogey for a five-under 67. The pair were sharing a house at Erin Hills but neither one will go home happy. "I felt like I've underachieved", he said. "I felt like I just never fully came together".

It was just the third time a victor at the U.S. Open has been double-digits under par, and this week was the first time anyone other than the victor achieved the feat.

After signing his scorecard, Koepka was seen holding his head in his hands, overcome with emotion, as he rode in a golf cart to a televised interview on FOX and the presentation of the U.S. Open trophy and the Jack Nicklaus gold medal, before the traditional 18th-hole ceremony.

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