Brooks Koepka runs away late to win 117th US Open

All it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. Jason Day set the record of 19 years, 7 months, 26 days in the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic. He had chances at the British Open and PGA that year, as well, but his play got overshadowed by others. He shot a Sunday 66 and was in the clubhouse at 12-under par more than an hour before the leaders.

"If it was like this [windy] all week, two-under would be leading", said Els following his final round 74 to finish at seven-over for the tournament.

"I think that does a huge disservice to the guys still here and how they're playing", Hadwin said.

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

You can drink boring out of U.S. Open trophies. He also played in the U.S. Open a year ago at Oakmont and missed the cut. There were five after Saturday's round.

Birdies were nowhere to be found on this hole, but sitting on a multi-shot advantage, Koepka maneuvered his way around it and posted another red number to effectively clinch the U.S. Open. South Korea´s Kim Si-Woo was one behind Fowler on nine under after also shooting 68, while three players - Patrick Reed, Russell Henley and Charley Hoffman were on eight under.

"It was really cool". I can't tell you how hard that shot is. But he's proven for a long time how good he is. "Oh gosh, Jimmy, be good", he said to caddie Jimmy Johnson when the ball was in the air, and it was close to ideal. We have a lot of young players trying to win their first major.

"The finish was awesome". One more good shot.

He might need one at this rate. Harman did not fade or choke at all in what presented a totally new challenge in 20 miles per hour winds compared to the first three favorable scoring days at Erin Hills. The 24-year-old Mullinax, a Birmingham native who graduated from Gardendale High School, birdied holes No. 16, 17 and 18 to finish in the top 10. "I mean, this wind is now light compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds".

"It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5-under", Thomas said. And I was pretty far off.

"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today".

The wide open fairways and soft greens of Erin Hills created the flawless course for Koepka. It put him at 10 under, three out of the lead, and Fowler never got closer.

And with the tees moved up on the 15th hole to make it reachable, Thomas hit a 3-wood that rolled off the back slope of the green to 6 feet. "The Floridian's split included three from between nine and 34 foot, highlighted by a 33'11" bomb at 8, and also saved par from 8'9" at 13, the only GIR he missed. The Canadian had great things to say about Erin Hills and believes it's a fantastic venue for a major championship. "When you give us soft greens, good greens and not much wind, you know there are going to be some good scores".

But the work is not done. "Stay aggressive", became the mantra he used to Koepka throughout. I think it might have been a little late flying into that back right pin.

Then again, none of the top 16 on the leaderboard has ever won a major.

Elsewhere, Masters victor Sergio Garcia couldn't parlay his first major victory into a second and never made a Sunday charge despite shooting under par in each of the first three rounds.

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