Brooks Koepka has never feared the unknown. I'm not a big fan of losing.
Tommy Fleetwood didn't win the U.S. Open, but he hopes his experience in the heat of battle will help prepare him for a victory in the not-too-distant future.
The easy-going Koepka, 27, just comfortably settled in and unleashed his eye-opening power to get the better of Erin Hills and won the national championship on Sunday in record fashion.
Japan's Hideki Matsuyama started the final round six shots off the lead but by the end of day was just one off the lead after carding a sensation six-under par 66 to finish in tie for second behind Brooks Koepka.
HARTFORD, WI - JUNE 18: Amateur Scottie Scheffler of the United States is awarded a medal after finishing as the low amateur during the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 18, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. It was incredible to me that he said in the presentation ceremony that he felt "confident" throughout the entire round today. "I didn't exactly get my dad a card, so this works". I don't hit my driver 300 yards. "It was a long phone call", he said. But it was an important 120 seconds.
Koepka was one of 16 players within six shots of the lead with 18 to play. And since there's a streak of seven first-timers winning the last seven majors, why couldn't he be next? And he banked $2.16 million.
"I just tried to get as low as I could (on each hole) and stay focused", Koepka said.
He hit a good putt on No. 2 that got caught the left edge of the cup and spun out, and settled for bogey. "So all around my game is pretty solid and I couldn't be happier". "Came up a little short", Matsuyama told reporters through an interpreter.
"But Brooks played so well today", Harman said.
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Like I said, a dream I always had. "It just shows how much hard work I out in and how dedicated I am to do what I do". He's giving me tips and pointers and he's pretty amusing , so when I saw that it was pretty cool and pretty amusing .
And, as he also noted, there are no moral victories. I had an opportunity today and I didn't get it done. At the same time, I don't feel as if I lost the golf tournament.
But the turning point in a gripping war of nerves came just after the turn when Harman struggled through back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th. Charley Hoffman (71) finished solo eighth at 9 under.
"It bites a little bit right now", Harman said afterwards. "I think I can win multiple times a year". That's not that low for the best players in the world in a major championship.
"It's been a goal of mine since I figured out I had a chance about four years ago", he said. If there's no wind and soft greens, we're going to play well. But rain-softened Erin Hills was a new U.S. Open course and a much different creature than most of the previous hosts.
In all there were a record 138 subpar rounds. "But if you play well, which is obviously what this championship is trying to identify, it's a very, very fine and playable golf course". "Teeing off at nearly three o'clock central time is just freaky for me, because I wake up pretty early".
Through it all Koepka kept his measured swagger on a roll and never got ahead of himself. He'd only won one previous tournament on the PGA Tour. I felt like I've been playing pretty well all week, and didn't have quite the numbers to show for it.
His play this past fall in the Ryder Cup when the US whipped Europe, where he said he had never felt more pressure, helped him immensely.
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