Brooks Koepka lifts maiden major title at US Open

That was four shots clear of Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman. "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said about Koepka, who clinched his victory with a run of three birdies in a row from the 14th.

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"That's awesome", Koepka said.

"I just felt like I should be winning more", Koepka said.

This week he received pep talks from swing coach Claude Harmon III, master short game coach Pete Cowen and from world number one Johnson, last year's victor.

The rest of the field had started to back up.

Obviously selfishly you want it to be you, but if you can't win, you want a good friend to win.

Erin Hills, an 11-year-old course shaped out of Wisconsin pastureland, didn't put up much of a fight without much wind.

McIlroy finished at 16-under 268 when he won on rain-softened Congressional in the 2011 U.S. Open.

One by one the contenders dropped off Sunday afternoon.

Harman, who had begun the day in a four-way tie for the lead, carded a five-under-par 67 which included six birdies and one bogey.

Despite his fireworks on Saturday when posting the lowest score in relation to par at the US Open with a 9-under 63, Justin Thomas slumped back into the pack on 8 under. Still looking for his first major victory, Fowler was in the hunt but finished tied for fifth at 10-under.

Koepka started the day in a three-way tie for second place along with Justin Thomas, who had a record-setting low round on Saturday, and Tommy Fleetwood.

"It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5-under", Thomas said. I thought I played pretty solid on Tuesday. Koepka's biggest threat at that moment, though, was Hideki Matsuyama, who birdied the 18th to finish 6-under in the final round and placed him as the leader in the clubhouse at 12-under.

Koepka had always been thought of as a potential major champion and showed exactly why on Sunday with a near flawless performance, which saw him defy gusting winds early in his round and then capitalise on the return of calmer conditions on the back nine.

And when he completed his hat-trick from 16 feet on the 16th, all that was left to decide was whether he would equal or break McIlroy's record.

"It was kind of bombs away". "You could hit it far, and the fairways are generous enough to where you can still miss it and hit the fairway. On some of these par fives I don't even need to hit driver to get there and I putted brilliantly this week too". Koepka flew under the radar coming into the championship, with most prognosticators picking the other American big hitter in Dustin Johnson. And Koepka, ranked No. 22 in the world, took a bit of an unusual route to the winner's circle on Sunday. He won on that, moved over to the PGA Tour and worked hard to get up the money list to where he is today.

Scottie Scheffler (73) pipped Cameron Champ (76) to the low amateur honours with a one-under aggregate total and Jordan Spieth closed with an encouraging 69 to end the week one over.

Those accomplishments were just a lead-up to Sunday's life-changing, record-tying victory.

"Going over to play the Challenge Tour was really, really cool, to get to travel the world at 22 and do what you do for a living is pretty neat", he told reporters with the gleaming silver U.S. Open trophy by his side.

"It is Father's Day, so hopefully - like I said, I didn't get him a card, so I really hope this works", Koepka said.

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