Brooks Koepka wins 2017 US Open

IRVING, TX - MAY 19: Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot on #1 during the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson on May 19, 2017 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)
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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. The tournament, held in Erin, Wisconsin, was the first major event hosted at the course since the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2011. His 16-under ties a US Open weekend record.

Koepka birdied both Nos. 1 and 2, and appeared to be deadlocked with Brian Harman, who birdied No. 3, to begin the round. The rest of the pack progressively dropped back including Saturday’s headliner in Justin Thomas, who succumbed to bogeys in three of the first five holes. Thanks to Harman’s bogey on the par-4 12th, Koepka held a one-stroke lead in the final round at 13-under.

Harman, who entered the day at 12-under was atop the pack with Koepka, Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood all one shot back.

Koepka has been close before to Major victory before: he owns four top-10 finishes in majors during his career, with his previous best U.S. Open finish coming back in 2014 when he tied for fourth place. He finished tied for 13th in last year’s U.S Open at Oakmont Country Club and finished tied for 11th during the Masters earlier this year, with back-to-back Top 5 finishes in the PGA Championship to his name.

The only PGA Tour win of Koepka’s career prior to Sunday came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Feb. 2015 when he narrowly won by a single stroke. His most recent win overall came on the Japan Golf Tour, when he won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Nov. 2016, shooting 21-under.

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