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"Somebody else just loses it". Harman, the third-round leader at minus-12, shot an even-par 72. Koepka gave a shot back on the 10th when he missed a 10-foot putt for par, it was his first back-nine bogey of the week.

But he had to settle for a tie for second with Harman, four strokes back of the champion. In fact he made a mad rush to the finish, birding 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18 to enter the clubhouse only a shot back. He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion. With a 3-1 record on Team USA's winning 2016 Ryder Cup team, Koepka had already earned a reputation as a big game player.

Beginning the day a stroke behind Georgia's Brian Harman, Koepka shot 5-under 67 in Sunday's final round at Erin Hills to win his first major by four strokes.

Harman, a University of Georgia graduate, went into Sunday leading and hoping to win his first major.

"I think I was just more aggressive than in the second round", he said about his third-round 82. While Matsuyama sat, watching and waiting for Jones' words to be made true, Koepka was faced with four chances to do as Jones suggested.

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker fires a three-under 69 on each of the final two days of the championship, finishing at five-under and in 16th place. Yes, he did look slightly more excited when he won his first Tour event, in Phoenix in 2015.

Brooks Koepka becomes the first ever U.S. Open victor on Wisconsin soil after a final round of five-under. Check and check As we have a new USA open champion. His impressive score is only matched by Rory McIlroy's signature 16-under performance at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in 2011.

"He loves golf himself". "I was striking it unbelievably, my speed control [on the greens] was great, and I was fighting the ball". "But I don't know if it had come up that (Harman) bogeyed yet (on 13). I just think Brooks went out and won the tournament". 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. "Came up a little short", Matsuyama told reporters through an interpreter. "When that happened it did give me a lot of confidence".

"But I just felt like I should be winning more".

Koepka parred the final two holes to tie the U.S. Open's 72-hole scoring record (in relation to par). That was not in the cards or in the bag of anyone but Koepka, who knew from the start what he need do.

"I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday all of the way through today".

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said. "And I felt confident all week". Koepka was scrambling himself when he had to make a nine-foot par putt on the par three 13th. So next to last group and you shoot the lowest round of the day, that's tough, that's tough. But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more. "That was kind of the changing point of the round for me". I built off that putt and expanded on it.

"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.

Hot for three straight holes.

"He actually started caddying for me a year ago next week, so this was our anniversary I feel", Fleetwood added. "DJ (his pal Dustin Johnson) called me last night".

"It was a long phone call for us - it was like two minutes", Koepka said.

"I only had one win on the PGA Tour".



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