Koepka wins 117th U.S. Open

June 19, 2017 - 6:47 am
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Even with no Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson at golf's second major, the 2017 U.S. Open from Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin featured a number of young, up and coming players who competed to the wire to claim a major title.

In the end, it was 27-year old American Brooks Koepka winning his first golf major by four strokes over Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and fellow American Brian Harman. Koepka's 16-under score ties a U.S. Open record with Rory McIlroy, who set the record at the 2011 U.S. Open from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Coming into Sunday's final round, Koepka was among those golfers running near the top of the pack sitting one shot back of Harman at 12-under par. He sat tied with fellow American Justin Thomas and England's Tommy Fleetwood. Fan favorite Rickie Fowler was also near the top of the pack, sitting two shots back at 10-under par.

Koepka got off to a great start after teeing off in the second-to-last pairing with Fleetwood. He birdied the first two holes, while finishing the front-nine at 3-under to put him out front. After bogeying the 10th hole, Koepka bounced back with birdies on 14, 15, and 16 to put him out in front for good. Koepka ended up shooting par on 17 and 18 to officially finish with a final round-67, and capture his eighth professional win and his first major.

The best round of the day belonged to Matsuyama, who ended up with a final round-66 to vault him from 6-under par to 12-under par and a tie for second place. Harman could not manage to get anything going on the day, finishing the front-nine with just one birdie but closing out the day with an even 72 to remain at 12-under par.

As for Fleetwood, he also finished the final round with an even 72 to remain at 11-under par. Fleetwood struggled on the front-nine, but managed to rebound to stay at even-par.

Fowler also finished with a final round 72 to remain at 10-under par for the tournament, while Thomas had a rough day, shooting a three-over in the final round to fall back to 8-under par on the tournament.

Golf's next major will come at The Open Championship, formerly known at The British Open, from July 20th through the 23rd at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Liverpool, England.

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