RIN, Wisc. — When American Brooks Koepka initial hired caddie Ricky Elliott to lift his bag on Europe’s Challenge Tour, he told a Irishman, “Don’t worry, we won’t be here long.”
Koepka was loyal to his word and 4 years after he’s a U.S. Open champion.
On Sunday, a 27-year-old American pennyless giveaway of a week-long logjam during a tip of a leaderboard during Erin Hills with 3 uninterrupted birdies on a behind 9 to fire a five-under 67 and explain his initial vital championship.
“That’s substantially one of a coolest things I’ve ever gifted and to do it on Father’s Day, it’s flattering neat,” Koepka pronounced after his round. “I didn’t accurately get my father a card, so this works.”
His 16-under standard sum ties a all-time U.S. Open record, set by Rory McIlroy in 2011. Teeing off in a second to final group, Koepka birdied his initial dual holes to get to 13-under standard and a large American would never route again.
Even with a 3 birdies in a row, it was a standard save from 9 feet during a 13th hole that Koepka credits for removing his turn going.
“On 10 we only strike a bad putt, not adequate speed, and 11 a same thing,” he said, underlining a significance a putt on 13. “When that happened it did give me a lot of confidence. So we consider that was a changing indicate of a round.”
Third-round personality Brian Harman had a share of a lead good into a afternoon until creation back-to-back bogeys during hole Nos. 12 and 13. A hole ahead, and uninformed off his standard save, Koepka began his birdie binge.
That would be it for Harman, who couldn’t make adult a belligerent and finished tied for second during 12-under standard after sharpened even par.
“I don’t trust in dignified victories,” Harman said. “I had an event currently and we didn’t get it done. But, during a same time, we don’t feel like we mislaid a golf tournament, we consider Brooks went out and won a tournament.”
It’s been a solid arise in a competition for Koepka, if not indispensably a true one. After 3 all-American seasons during Florida State, a Florida-native motionless to start his career in Europe instead of America. Three wins on a second-tier Challenge Tour over dual months in 2013, warranted him a right to burst to a European Tour. In 2014, he was named rookie of a year in Europe and was also nominated for rookie of a year honours on a PGA Tour after dual top-10s behind home.
Growing adult in Florida and with a great-uncle who played in a vital leagues, Koepka’s initial adore was baseball, yet somehow life led him onto a golf course. As recently as a integrate of years ago he didn’t seem to anxious about his career choice.
“If we could do it over again, I’d play baseball—100%, no doubt,” he told Golf Digest in 2015. “To be honest, I’m not a large golf nerd. Golf is kind of boring, not most action.”
Koepka credits examination Tiger Woods for removing him meddlesome in golf and creation a competition seem kind of cool.
At Erin Hills on Sunday, a story of a day before a leaders teed off was a march itself. After 3 days of soft conditions, players woke adult to a utterance Wisconsin wind. It seemed as yet fans watchful to watch their frequently scheduled U.S. Open bloodbath would finally get their wish.
The wide-open golf march relies on a breeze as a biggest counterclaim and those teeing off in a morning saw how formidable a march can play. Canada’s Adam Hadwin was out in a misfortune of it and shot an eight-over 80 to finish nine-over for a week.
Jordan Spieth was one of a few early players to post a measure underneath par, sharpened a three-under 69 to give him something to grin about notwithstanding a unsatisfactory week.
“I suspicion it was a illusory turn of golf, given what we were traffic with to start a day,” Spieth said.
The breeze staid down shortly after a leaders teed off and, nonetheless still some-more formidable than prior days, conditions were once again scoreable.
World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama had a turn of a day, creation a assign from 7 groups back. He shot a Sunday 66 and was in a hall during 12-under standard some-more than an hour before a leaders. It wasn’t scarcely adequate to locate Koepka, yet it warranted Matsuyama a tie for second place with Harman.
Two of a favourites streamer into a final turn were roomies Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, who began a day one and dual shots off a lead respectively. The span were pity a residence during Erin Hills yet conjunction one will go home happy.
Thomas followed Saturday’s record-setting nine-under standard 63 with a three-over 75 to finish 8 shots back.
“I felt like this was a lowest we could have shot,” he pronounced of his unsatisfactory score. “I only didn’t have it today.”
Fowler was in it until a behind 9 where he done dual bogeys and slid out of contention. The renouned American shot even for a day and finished adult during 10-under.
“To finish in double digits underneath standard during a vital championship, generally a Open, it was a good week,” Fowler said.
It was only a third time a leader during a U.S. Open has been double-digits underneath par, and this week was a initial time anyone other than a leader achieved a feat.
Koepka has only one win on a PGA Tour, yet now has 5 tip tens and a win in 14 career vital championships as a professional. With a 3-1 record on Team USA’s winning 2016 Ryder Cup team, Koepka had already warranted a repute as a large diversion player.
On Sunday during Erin Hills, he warranted a place in history.