Hideki Matsuyama closes with 6-under 66 in US Open

Postado Junho 20, 2017

Brooks Koepka made three straight birdies down the stretch to win his first major championship with a four stroke victory at the US Open Championship at Erin Hills, WI.

Koepka's US Open victory is now the seventh consecutive major that has been claimed by a first-time champion, and when taking into account the performances from the likes of Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in Wisconsin, the streak could well be extended to eight at The Open next month.

Koepka then pulled away from the field and effectively sealed the win with a run of three consecutive birdies starting at the par-five 14th.

After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the final round as heavy winds pummeled the links-style layout, adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major. He opened with a pair of tap-in birdies and putted for birdie on every hole but the par-3 13th. "Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly".

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages. But the low scoring went much deeper than that.

World number 22 Koepka took a liking to Erin Hills, the Wisconsin course that was criticised by some in the lead-up to the year's second major. Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 times at the U.S. Open.

This week alone, nine players reached at least 10 under and seven finished there. Fowler started one shot out of the lead at the Masters this year and shot 76.

Two more birdies came on the 15th and 16th to increase his lead to four shots, and although Harman momentarily reduced the damage to three with a gain of his own on 16, the 54-hole leader gave the shot back to the course on the final hole.

The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the U.S. Open record of 28 players at Medinah in 1990.

He started the day in the best possible way, birdieing the first two holes, and picked up another at the eighth as he went out in 33.

But he could only find 11 out of 18 greens in regulation and left himself with far too many testing five-footers, finishing the round with a birdie to card a level-par 72 and a shared spot of 5th place with compatriots Bill Haas and Xander Schauffelle.

"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said.

Brooks Koepka received a short piece of advice from a valuable source on the eve of the final round at the U.S. Open.