Harman falls short of US Open Championship, Koepka rallies to claim Title

Thomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of the hunt by the middle of the front nine.

Dustin Johnson played a practice round with Scheffler before winning last year's U.S. Open. Champ had a putt on the 18th hole to tie the 20-year-old but couldn't convert, giving Scheffler the low-amateur honors.

Koepka played it perfectly after the hiccup on No. 10.

Jordan Spieth finished this week's U.S. Open with a three-under 69 to leave a good taste in his mouth, despite failing to contend.

"I literally scoffed at the 16 under, because I said that would tie a record". I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice. Capturing the U.S. Open may have just opened the floodgates for Koepka.

"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. And then he made birdie on the next hole.

Only Matsuyama displayed that kind of scoring ability Sunday.

Koepka moved to 14-under with a birdie at the par-5 14th hole. Canada's Adam Hadwin was out in the worst of it and shot an eight-over 80 to finish nine-over for the week. If he would have hit his driver, it conceivably could have gone over 400 yards. A birdie there and that basically sealed the deal. "It was, like, two minutes", Koepka said. "That pin is hanging off the back and into the wind". But I thought it was great. "Maybe narrow the fairways a bit, and I'd like to see the fescue a little bit thinner, so it's not a full-shot penalty for hitting in there".

Tommy Fleetwood with a 11-under par score to finish in fourth place. He wasn't missing shots, and the putt he made on 13 was the clincher.

"I think I'll be more comfortable playing in the big events, and help me play better the next time", he said. "So I think that was the changing point of the round". He's only done it once so to win his national open, I think that'll take a while to sink in.

That shot on No. 15 was a microcosm for Koepka's entire week. Brooks had the best greens-in-regulation statistic for the week. Then he finished top five in both.

Yet win 'em is exactly what Koepka says he intends to do. He won because he was more accurate than anyone in the field.

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages. "Yeah, I don't get those very often", Stricker said. "The ball-striking was pretty solid". "So, when you get to Saturday and Sunday, you've got to see how you react and how you feel". Two down, 14 to go. Koepka removed his hat.

"It was always going to be hard", said his coach, Claude Harmon III. It helped him on Sunday. We talked about that was the goal. "And to play well today on top of it was extra special".

The stereotypes with Koepka are true. You need to play safe sometimes.

Hideki Matsuyama fires his approach into the 18th green. 2, 4 and 5, and he never turned things around.

After an opening round to remember, Adam Hadwin's U.S. Open finished with a round to forget.

One by one the contenders dropped off Sunday afternoon.

It was more of the same at Erin Hills. These guys play a different game.

His sister, Callie, served as his caddie at Erin Hills.

The resulting birdie reduced his deficit to playing partner Koepka to four shots, Koepka having followed birdies on the first and second with another from 35 feet on the eighth. But when Erin Hills asked Brooks Koepka to corral his distance and deliver a performance, he obliged. "To me, what makes a great golf course is you can shoot 66 and you can shoot 78 just as easily". It begs you for 72 holes of incalculable consistency. He also extends the streak of first-time major winners to seven. He will be lauded over and clamored for because of his power and a swing speed that melts Trackmans. Sure, golf immortality as a major champion, but a hefty $2.16 million to the victor is a nice bit of change. Secret keeper of the Ryder Cup keys. He came and kicked everyone's [behind] over there, didn't he?

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