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Koepka's trip around the world leads to major title at home

Koepka's trip around the world leads to major title at home

Newly-crowned US Open champion Brooks Koepka has revealed he nearly quit golf while leading a tournament.

Others found the going tougher, however, with defending champion Dustin Johnson finishing the day three over, Rory McIlroy six over and world number three Jason Day posting a seven-over 79, including two triple bogeys.

But the year's second major belonged to the young guns who tackled the longest layout ever for a US Open. "Even on the Challenge Tour, it's pretty cool", said Koepka. I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just exhausted of golf.

It was a unique U.S. Open.

Top final scores: 272: Brooks Koepka (67-70-68-67).

Matsuyama and third-round co-leader Brian Harman tied for second at 12 under par, four strokes behind Koepka. I just felt like I should be winning more.

It capped quite a journey for the Floridian.

Koepka began filling his passport.

One night in Scotland, he called his agent and wanted to come home, even though he was leading the tournament. "It feels unbelievable to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names". He had only won one PGA Tour title, the 2015 Phoenix Open.

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"We started out this year and I thought I needed to win multiple times and a major", Koepka said. Despite the fact that only three golfers scored better, Koepka did not receive much screen time.

"To finish in double digits under par at a major championship, especially the Open, it was a good week", Fowler said. Pebble Beach in California isn't any easier - unless of course you're Tiger Woods in 2000. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the record set in that 1990 U.S. Open.

Matsuyama, with England's Tommy Fleetwood a shot further back in fourth.

Hideki Matsuyama birded the 18th hole to enter the clubhouse at -12. He finished 10 under. "You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, because that doesn't happen a whole lot".

Koepka became the sixth consecutive first-time major victor with his sensational performance Erin Hills, Wisconsin. "Obviously I need to do that more often".

If you live in Jupiter, Fla., and you were taking one of those childhood tests to figure out which item doesn't belong, Koepka would have been that odd item out when talking about the community's pro golfer population.

Sentiment and nostalgia will always find a place on the leaderboard, as 37-year-old Sergio Garcia showed by notching his first major win at the Masters in April, while 50-year-old Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker provided an emotional touchstone in an Erin Hills swan-song.

Koepka became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship 3 straight years.

The 27-year-old American, who had to leave his home country and join Europe's minor-league tour to get his career going, won the U.S. Open. Fowler took the lead on Thursday with a 7-under 65, tying the lowest score to par in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Koepka's fine showing saw him equal Rory McIlroy's 2011 record for the lowest total to par in the tournament's history, as he ended the week 16 under.


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