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19 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 19/06/17 2:48am

Brooks Koepka reflects on his brilliant final-day performance to claim US Open victory

Brooks Koepka admitted he was always confident of US Open victory after securing a maiden major success at Erin Hills.

The American became the seventh consecutive maiden major winner, posting a five-under 67 in Wisconsin to finish four strokes clear of Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.

Koepka fired a five-under 67 on Sunday

Koepka fired a five-under 67 on Sunday

Koepka mixed five birdies with a sole blemish during an impressive display, with his 16-under-par total equalling the lowest 72-hole score in US Open history.

“It hasn’t sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won’t for a few days,” Koepka said after his closing 67. “That’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.

The American finished four strokes clear of the chasing pack

The American finished four strokes clear of the chasing pack

The American finished four strokes clear of the chasing pack

“I felt like I was playing really good. Obviously, the wind picked up and I felt like that played right in my hand, and I felt confident all week.

“To feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a major and coming down the stretch was pretty neat.”

Koepka began the day a shot back from overnight leader Brian Harman but moved top of the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies over his first two holes.

Paul McGinley and Andrew Coltart congratulate Brooks Koepka on his composed performance that led him to the US Open title at Erin Hills.

The world No 22 birdied the eighth but dropped a shot at the 10th, before following an eight-foot par save at the 13th with a run of three straight birdies to get to 16 under for the week.

“The par save on I think that built some confidence,” Koepka added. “It was one of those things where I need to make it.

Koepka and Fleetwood played alongside each other during the final round

Koepka and Fleetwood played alongside each other during the final round

Koepka and Fleetwood played alongside each other during the final round

“At the 10th I just hit a poor putt and at 11 I did the same thing, just trying to be aggressive and hitting the back of the hole.

“When that happened it did give me a lot of confidence. So I think that was kind of the changing point of the round for me.”


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