Brooks Koepka wins US Open title with record-tying 16-under performance

Kopeka caps it off

Kopeka caps it off

Fowler was three off the pace in third after mixing two birdies with a solitary dropped shot on his front nine, while Hideki Matsuyama was four back and the form man on the course, four under through 12 holes on Sunday.

Tommy Fleetwood finishes solo fourth at 11 under.

The 27-year-old Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine at Erin Hills.

Harman had been tied with Koepka after his birdie putt on the third did a full circuit of the hole before dropping in, but found heavy rough off the tee on the 12th to make only his third bogey of the week.

"I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough", Matsuyama said of his Open campaign. And I don't want to say got unlucky, I felt like I just never fully came together.

But Koepka's first of what could be multiple major championships was more than just force on the longest course in the history of the U.S. Open. "I think today he's proven what kind of talent he has, to go out there and play the way he has on a Sunday in a major". "It was windy and he shot five under, fair play".

The only PGA Tour win of Koepka's career prior to Sunday came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February 2015 when he narrowly won by a single stroke.

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"I'm glad I made it here. It was kind of by accident".

Among those getting the weekend off were Justin Rose (plus 2), Adam Scott (plus 3), Bubba Watson (plus 4), No. 1 Dustin Johnson (plus 4), No. 2 Rory McIlroy (plus 5), Jon Rahm (plus 5) and No. 3 Jason Day (plus 10).

Still hanging around was Rickie Fowler, who made 15-foot birdie putts on both par 5s to atone for some wild driving early on in which he had to scramble for pars.

It's Koepka's first career major championship.

FSU head coach Trey Jones, who coached Koepka, took part in an in-game interview at the College World Series on ESPN2, talking in the middle of the fourth in a game between Florida and TCU.

"I have no expectations", he said. "I'd be a big fan of that". I'm a big ball striker. I got off to a pretty good start, which I really haven't done yet, so that was nice.

Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Koepka holed an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole that gave him confidence with his stroke and momentum to pour in birdies on the next three holes to turn the final hour into a celebration of another young star in golf.

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On joining the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as a US Open victor, he added: "To be in the same category as some of the guys on this trophy is unbelievable".

"It bites a little bit right now", the diminutive left-hander said after his first experience at being in contention at a major. McIlroy and Tiger Woods (12 under at Pebble Beach in 2000) had been the only players to finish there. Koepka hit 17 of 18 greens Sunday to finish out at 15 under and a three-shot win. "If you do that you're going to deserve a bogey out there".

"You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn't happen a whole lot".

"It gives you a good grounding", Fleetwood said.

Fleetwood bounced back in style with a superb approach to the ninth, a green labelled "a little iffy" by 2015 champion Jordan Spieth after his closing 69.

The 22-year-old, ranked fifth, was pleased with his tee-to-green play but conceded he was "not comfortable" on the greens all week and has "work to do with the putter".

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