Portrush man Elliott, a former Ireland Boys and Youths worldwide, caddied for Ben Curtis when the American won the Texas Open in 2012. It was an accomplishment that wasn't lost on golf's newest major champion, even if his father and other family members weren't in attendance at Erin Hills on Sunday and missed one of Koepka's appearances at a major for the first time.
Elliott was a contemporary of Michael Hoey and Colm Moriarty and played on the Ireland team that competed in the European Youths Championship in the late 1990s.
Matsuyama had eight birdies and two bogeys, finishing with a flourish with a birdie on the par-five 18th to end up tied with overnight leader Brian Harman on 12-under 276, four shots behind victor Brooks Koepka.
He bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes. He tied with Japanese World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama who shot a six-under 66.
There was still waist-high fescue that was as good as a one-stroke penalty, but it took a wildly inaccurate shot to find it, and Koepka did not hit too many wild shots.
If you live in Jupiter, Fla., and you were taking one of those childhood tests to figure out which item doesn't belong, Koepka would have been that odd item out when talking about the community's pro golfer population. Harman ended up closing with a bogey. "I just think Brooks went out and won the tournament".
"I felt confident all week".
"I had an opportunity today and didn't get it done".
Brian Harman in the final group behind him made back-to-back bogeys and couldn't catch up.
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As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. A year ago I was not even in a position to think about it and, to be honest, I do get nervous thinking about it now. He said he was pulling for me and just hang in there.
Fleetwood, who was hoping to become only the third English victor since 1924 after Tony Jacklin (1970) and Justin Rose (2013), began the day in a tie for second with Koepka and made an encouraging start with a birdie from eight feet on the second.
With guys like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Day, Johnson, Garcia and many others, the star power on the PGA Tour is at an all-time high making it hard to give Koepka the coverage he deserves.
But if it knocked him back, Koepka had at least one thing in his favor: some pretty impressive sporting genes.
It is not the first time Fowler has failed to deliver on promising play at a major - he now has six top-five finishes but no title - but he remains positive about his game.
He added: "It's a lot of fun to play, but I think you see a little bit more of its characteristics when you can play the ball a little bit on the ground if you have to, and get kind of the roll and everything of the natural terrain".
State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said over the weekend the golf tournament provided Wisconsin better advertising than the state could buy. Jordan Spieth, who shot his lowest round (69) of the championships on the tournament's windiest day, said he wouldn't mind seeing the event return to Erin Hills.
Despite finishing nowhere near the leaderboard, Niebrugge said the excitement of the many home-state fans in the crowd made the experience enjoyable.
Thomas, looking for more from where his record-setting 63 came from the day before, was out of the hunt by the middle of the front nine.
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