Brooks Koepka wins maiden major at US Open

Brian Harman leads the US Open

But it made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5-under.

Three birdies in a row on the back nine saw Brooks Koepka break away to clinch his maiden major title at the US Open.

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

Tom Kite looks back on windy final round in 1992 at Pebble Beach. But the U.S. Open trophy probably won't be the last Smith gets to hold.

Li said he enjoyed the experience despite struggling in the final two rounds and reckoned it would help his confidence in the long run.

Ireland's Shane Lowry completed his week with a one-over-par round of 73, to finish on three-over for the tournament. And this victory by world No. 22 Koepka culminated a week in which No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 McIlroy and No. 3 Jason Day missed the cut. "I'll go anywhere. I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere". That's not what it's all about though, but I'm confident he'll eventually get over the line and win one.

His confidence in the final round came, in part, from a short conversation the night before with Dustin Johnson, a friend who had been through his share of close calls and heartbreaks before finally becoming a major champion at the U.S. Open a year ago.

Lanarkshire won a closely-contested Scottish Boys Area Team Championship at Stranraer where the top four teams were covered by just two shots.

Turns out, they think pretty much the same.

So, too, are Scottish Stroke-Play champion Liam Johnson and Rory Franssen, who played for Europe in the Arnold Palmer Cup in Atlanta last weekend.

"There are so many great names up there, so to finish on top is really exciting", said the 19-year-old as she savoured her first success in 2017. "I'll try to beat him the next time".

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. "And it's no surprise".

Matsuyama had five birdies and one bogey in his final eight holes.

Only Matsuyama displayed that kind of scoring ability Sunday.

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.

Having spent a good part of his golfing apprenticeship travelling the globe sleeping in cars and working his way up through the European Challenge Tour, Koepka now steps into the USA sporting spotlight.

"I have a lot of hard times in a major". "And I think this is hopefully major number one and there's many more to come". Better than Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and the rest of the congested leaderboard.

Thomas, who had six birdies on his outward nine on way to nine-under 63 on Saturday, found plenty of trouble yesterday going three-over through the first nine to drop six off the lead. Only six players had ever reached double digits under par in the previous 116 times at the U.S. Open. But the fairways were generous and the wind that serves as the course's best defense didn't kick up until the end. "We have a lot of young players trying to win their first major".

It all came together this week for the talented Koepka, who said he practiced patience and it paid off.

"I just didn't have it today. Exhausted of traveling. I just wanted to be home", he said.

Li, who turned professional at age 16 and won the Volvo China Open previous year on the European Tour, said he started pressing in the third round. We had one day like this, and the scores were more like an Open.

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

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