Brooks Koepka had a birdie putt on every hole and made three of them to build a one-shot lead after nine holes Sunday in the U.S. Open.
Rickie Fowler - the leader after 18 holes - came up short in his quest for his first career major, finishing tied for fifth at 10-under.
Brooks Koepka fired a near-flawless five-under-par 67 to secure the US Open title at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Fresh off his record-breaking third round, Justin Thomas is tumbling down the leaderboard at the U.S. Open. "We wanted to give it our best shot and knew the best way to get his attention was to create a set for him".
The deadlock was broken when Harman's tee-shot on the 12th landed into the deep fescue, forcing him to hack out onto the fairway.
The low scoring suggested the 11-year-old course was a cream puff, hardly the USGA's idea of the ultimate test in golf. "I was trying to compete and see if I could win the golf tournament", he said.
"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory".
The course at Erin Hills, the longest ever for a U.S. Open and with wide fairways, played right into the hands of Koepka's big swing.
"I was able to get to a few under by just accepting the fact that the putt might miss instead of having to have it be ideal".
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Trailing by three shots at the 17th hole, Harman desperately needed to make a long birdie putt to keep alive his faint championship hopes. Even better, it served as full introduction of players who may be changing the nature of the game.
But he had to settle for a tie for second with Harman, four strokes back of the champion.
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". But back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 caused him to slip while Koepka was surging ahead.
Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard.
"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said.
He managed to claw his way back to finish the day at 7-over-par 79, but he finished the tournament a disappointing 13-over 157.
"To even be in the same category to win those tournaments as some of the guys that are on this trophy is unbelievable".
Of the early players, Jordan Spieth is one of the few that is under par for the day.
He thought that maybe a couple of years ago he should've stuck with baseball.
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