Brooks Koepka wins US Open, ties Rory McIlroy's scoring mark

One thing's for sure, Brooks Koepka is a talent to watch and will likely remain a factor in future majors.

American Brooks Koepka held firm against buffeting winds and crushing pressure to claim a sensational four-shot victory at the US Open on Sunday and become the latest in a growing line of first-time Major winners.

His win at the 117 U.S. Open at Erin Hills equals Rory McIlroy's record at the 2011 Congressional for the lowest score.

The buddies who shared a house near Erin Hills also shared the misery during a wind-swept final round in which they never got themselves into the mix.

And nothing could stop Koepka. "What I've done this week is fantastic".

"I made the birdie right there at 14. then (Koepka) birdied 14, 15, 16", Harman said, "and that was kind of lights out". Teeing off in the second to last group, Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13-under par and the big American would never trail again. Harman said afterwards, if you had told him last week he would shoot 12 under at the U.S. Open, he would take that bed.

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"I just tried to get as low as I could (on each hole) and stay focused", Koepka said. "It feels fantastic to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names".

And now he gets to keep it for a year - with his name on it.

It capped quite a journey for the Floridian. He called it one of his best shots of the week. He had been on the road for so long, in so many countries, and was feeling lonely. Yes, he did look slightly more excited when he won his first Tour event, in Phoenix in 2015. He's always been a solid player, and I think now he is starting to realize he's got what it takes.

The turning point came when Koepka bagged three consecutive birdies, starting with the par-five 14th while Harman carded back-to-back bogeys on the hard 12th and 13th holes. Matsuyama didn't need to stick around very long.

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Koepka missed his only green of the day at the par-3 13th and made what he called a "massive" par save.

Tommy Fleetwood, who played alongside Koepka and closed with a 72 to finish fourth, played the Challenge Tour a year before Koepka arrived. "Brooks dealt with it amazingly - he came and kicked everybody's (butt) over there, didn't he?" He came and kicked everyone's [behind] over there, didn't he? "Now he's done it in a major".

Harman, a University of Georgia graduate, went into Sunday leading and hoping to win his first major.

Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard. This year, nine players reached at least 10 under, and seven finished there.

Koepka, who had just one PGA Tour win on his resume coming into the championship, inherits the trophy from good friend and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

"[I was] just staying one shot at a time".

Saturday, Thomas broke the U.S. Open record for lowest round in relation to par when he shot a 9-under 63.

There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the record set in that 1990 U.S. Open. He said he would rather be out on the course fighting for the title.

Koepka's first big putt actually was for par, not birdie, on the par-3 13th. It started with a 10-foot putt for birdie on 15, the toughest hole on the course on Sunday.

"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day, it's pretty neat", Koepka said.

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