Former FSU star Brooks Koepka ties record in US Open win

In honor of the late Arnold Palmer, the USGA on Sunday handed out this replica pin from the 1960 U.S. Open that The King won at Cherry Hills.

With athleticism and power, and four straight putts over the back nine that allowed him to pull away, Koepka capped off his hardscrabble journey around the world and found stardom at home as the U.S. Open champion.

Koepka, who finished at 16-under 272, became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years. "No regrets, I did play well".

After three days of benign conditions which have led to a feast of low-scoring, the arrival of strong gusts at Erin Hills suggested the challenging course could finally bare its teeth on Sunday. The average score in the fourth round was 73.9.

That would be it for Harman, who couldn't make up the ground and finished tied for second at 12-under par after shooting even par.

"I learned a lot this week", he said. "Just came up a little short". "I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".

It was Matsuyama's best finish in a major, another high in a topsy-turvy season.

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"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said.

"I had won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour".

Koepka then frittered a golden chance to regain the lead on the 11th, but was unable to convert a nervy nine-foot putt for birdie. 12 and 13. A hole ahead, and fresh off his par save, Koepka began his birdie binge.

Brooks Koepka traveled around the world to find his game.

"You've got to put four good rounds together", Matsuyama said through an interpreter. Still, this was a pretty good weekend for the 30-year-old Harman, who was playing in just his eighth major. Without a card on any tour when he got out of Florida State, Koepka filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island.

So mammoth, mysterious Erin Hills, just 11 years old and basically unfamiliar to all 156 players that came to Wisconsin for the 117th edition of the U.S. Open, wasn't going to rattle the muscular Floridian, no matter how much fescue, distance and sharp edges the course can dish out.

He reached the front bunker in two shots at the 14th hole, a par 5, and got up and down for birdie to grab a two-shot lead.

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One more time: World meet Brooks Koepka, the 2017 U.S. Open victor.

"You know at the start of the week I thought five-under would maybe win this thing and I was pretty far off", Stricker said. "Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly". He came and kicked everyone's [behind] over there, didn't he? "I've been there a handful of times and had some good finishes. Now he's done it in a major".

Meanwhile, it was a record-breaking week at Erin Hills. In the first 116 U.S. Opens, there had been two.

Four other players are tied for 10th on seven under.

Matsuyama finished in fine style to secure second place, getting up and down for birdie with a chip from the rough next to the 18th green.

But the American then paid the price for an over-aggressive birdie attempt on the 10th which sailed past the hole leaving an awkward putt to save par.

"It bites a little bit right now", the diminutive left-hander said after his first experience at being in contention at a major. Yet another record fell in the third round when Justin Thomas shot 9-under-par 63, the lowest score in relation to par.

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ERIN, Wisconsin, June 18 Following are some snippets from the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

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