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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title


"I'll probably go back to the house, pack up and then I'll come back and have a beer and watch the closing stretch". China's Li Haotong, who on Friday became the first player from mainland China to make the cut at a major, bombed out of contention with a 10-over-par 82.

"Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played", he said.

"I had an opportunity today and didn't get it done". But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost the golf tournament. I love that about Muirfield Village, which I think is a great example, as well. He actually aimed his putt away from the hole and let it filter down to the hole, sinking one of the crazier putts you'll ever see.

And yet, the runner-up finish was his fourth top-five finish in his past five starts, including a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. "It gives me the confidence that I didn't play as good as I would like to".

"Two weeks ago, just before I came up here, I spoke to one of the course designers, Ron Whitten", Nobilo said on Golf Channel's Live From the U.S. Open show Sunday night, "and I said, 'can you give me an estimation on what might the winning score be here?' He said, 'if the wind blows, four under". The 5-foot-7 Harman said he thrives on playing with what he calls a proverbial chip on his shoulder that dates to when he was a kid playing football.

Brooks Koepka received a short piece of advice from a valuable source on the eve of the final round at the U.S. Open. Or the 2007 Porter Cup.

And now their names are on the U.S. Open trophy, one after the other. McIlroy and Tiger Woods (12 under at Pebble Beach in 2000) had been the only players to finish there.

ERIN, Wis. - Some of the loudest cheers at the U.S. Open were reserved for a guy who didn't really challenged the leaders. I think that was the difference. So I'm excited about playing in all four of them this year.

They are close friends on the golf course and in the gym, and they play a similar game of power off the tee, a clean strike with the iron and a knack for looking calm even as the pressure is ramping up. It doesn't really surprise me. "If you look at the negatives too much, you're going to be stuck doing that the whole time". He's a good golfer himself.

"He's fierce, " Zach Johnson said.

HAIL THE KING: The 18th hole at Erin Hills had a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open.

But the long-hitting 26-year-old from Southport outside Liverpool is firing on all cylinders at links-styled Erin Hills and stands one shot from the lead as Sunday's final round began. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top.

Playing her sixth career tour event, Jaengkit earned $19,500 to jump from 131st to 16th on the money list with $20,276. "You get on the green and you've got to get in for par. He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said. "I've done it before, but he did it today".

Koepka's 16-under-par total equalled the record for the lowest winning under par total at a US Open set by Rory McIlroy at the 2011 championship.

Koepka, who finished at 16-under 272, 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 three straight years.

And, as he also noted, there are no moral victories.

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