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Brooks Koepka kisses the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday

Brooks Koepka kisses the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday

Tommy Fleetwood proved to himself he can contend for major titles after finishing fourth behind American Brooks Koepka in the US Open at Erin Hills.

Brooks Koepka kisses the winning trophy after the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

"He's going to overpower golf courses, and he's got a great demeanor", said Bill Haas, who finished tied for fifth. "I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him".

When this event ended, Koepka's image might have been summed up - entirely incorrectly - by one of his quotes this past week when he said that nothing in golf "really gets me too worked up, whatever happens, bogey, double bogey, birdie, eagle, I mean, I'm pretty chill anyway". The average score in the fourth round was 73.9.

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Koepka's 16-under par tied for the record score at the US Open. "Came up a little short", Matsuyama told reporters through an interpreter.

Fowler had gone through enough near misses in majors to have learned from the experience with four previous top-5 finishes. This was their U.S. Open to step forward and demonstrate the broad sweep of 20-something talent that fills the game.

Hisako Higuchi, victor of the LPGA Championship in 1977, remains the only Japanese golfer to win a major championship on either the PGA or LPGA tours. But after bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes and a birdie at the 14th, Harman could not overcome the three-birdie run put together by Koepka at holes 14 through 16. Koepka was scrambling himself when he had to make a nine-foot par putt on the par three 13th. Last year, it bungled the supposed rules infraction by Dustin Johnson and the year before, it lost the greens at Chambers Bay. He's always been a solid player, and I think now he is starting to realize he's got what it takes. The 27-year-old Koepka is just climbing that ladder to stardom. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island.

ERIN, Wisconsin The winds of change were blowing at the U.S. Open on Sunday as Brooks Koepka sailed to a four-stroke victory at Erin Hills, making it the seventh consecutive major that has crowned a first-time victor. Spieth made birdies on the first two holes, both of which are playing downwind. And since there's a streak of seven first-timers winning the last seven majors, why couldn't he be next? Elliott said he would give it a try. "Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly". He came and kicked everyone's [behind] over there, didn't he? And I felt like I've put myself into contention so many times, and I don't want to say I got unlucky. "Now he's done it in a major".

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Stricker said he had a lot of input about Erin Hills from fellow players this week and "for the most part everybody seemed to like it".

McIlroy finished at 16-under 268 when he won on rain-softened Congressional in the 2011 U.S. Open.

With strong winds buffeting the 7,721-yard layout at Erin Hills earlier in the day, Mother Nature had appeared poised to bite back after three days of benign conditions which led to a feast of low-scoring. McIlroy and Tiger Woods (12 under at Pebble Beach in 2000) had been the only players to finish there.

Harman got his first victory at the John Deere Classic, where he outlasted Zach Johnson down the stretch, and then won again at the Wells Fargo last month, holding off No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson. He was 2 under at the turn, and then really poured it on when he hit the back nine.

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The muscular American, who started the day one back of the lead, tamed his nerves and a wind-whipped course, carding six birdies, including two to kick-start his round, against a single bogey for a five-under 67.

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