Former Georgia golfer Brian Harman finishes T-2nd at 2017 US Open

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Brooks Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open on Sunday afternoon at Erin Hills, finishing the tournament having shot 16-under par.

Hideki Matsuyama was the highest ranked golfer remaining in the field.

Players are on the course for the final round of the U.S. Open in blustery conditions at Erin Hills.

Kite shot even-par 72 in gusty winds in 1992 at Pebble Beach, winning by two strokes over Jeff Sluman. "He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine", Harman said.

"If you had told me I was going to shoot 12-under this year at the U.S. Open and not win, I would have taken that bet for sure, " Harman said. The pair were sharing a house at Erin Hills but neither one will go home happy.

The wind kicked up, but it didn't faze Koepka.

He was at 14-under par at the turn. He earned $2.16 million, his nation's championship and the comfort of knowing the far-flung trips to Kenya and Kazakhstan and India and beyond are all in the rearview mirror.

That winning feeling was so sweet for Brooks Koepka after he sunk the final putt on the 18th. And I got out there with the putter a little bit [Sunday] and all week. "Now I think he's got a lot of confidence".

Koepka, who played in the 2011 U.S. Amateur at the course, was - and is - an Erin Hills fan. But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament. Really pretty much all because of a bad pin, which is unfortunate. Play the same, too.

"It was a long phone call", Koepka said. "And it's no surprise".

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By the time Matsuyama - six behind at the start of the final round - rolled in his eighth birdie of the day on the 18th, he was just one adrift of Koepka, who had five holes still to complete. He had six birdies and one bogey in an exhibition of steady play.

Only Matsuyama displayed that kind of scoring ability Sunday. He shot a Sunday 66 and was in the clubhouse at 12-under par more than an hour before the leaders. His round of 66 was over almost 90 minutes before Koepka strolled to the 18th green, with the tournament all but wrapped up.

"I am long out there", Stricker said of his stature in the 50-and-over crowd. "It's very tough. It gives you a good grounding, I think", said England's Tommy Fleetwood, his playing partner Sunday.

JUSTIN THOMAS: Anytime you don't win, it stings. A par on the final hole tied Rory McIlroy's record score to par at 16 under for a four-shot victory.

And now their names are on the U.S. Open trophy, one after the other.

Sentiment and nostalgia will always find a place on the leaderboard, as 37-year-old Sergio Garcia showed by notching his first major win at the Masters in April, while 50-year-old Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker provided an emotional touchstone in an Erin Hills swan-song.

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Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13 under. Without a card on any tour when he got out of Florida State, Koepka filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island. Just the qualifier itself was a huge thing for me just that I made it was a relief that I wanted to be here so bad. He won the next day to graduate to the European Tour. The 30-year-old was playing his third U.S. Open and cashes his first check, missing the cuts in 2015 and 2012.

"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said after his round.

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