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Northern Ireland caddie guides Brooks Koepka to US Open title

20 June 2017, 10:30 | Charlene Valdez

Brooks Koepka hits a shot during the final round of the 117th U.S. Open on Sunday at Erin Hills in Erin Wis. Robert Beck SI

Brooks Koepka hits a shot during the final round of the 117th U.S. Open on Sunday at Erin Hills in Erin Wis

Along the way, Koepka has won titles in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Scotland and Japan.

The 27-year-old struggled to believe his triumph, saying: "What I've done this week is incredible".

Koepka is among the new breed of big-hitting golfers and at Erin Hills in Wisconsin he found a venue ideally suited to his game on a course softened by rain that took the fire out of what already were the widest fairways ever at a U.S. Open. "For us it was like two minutes, it wasn't much", Koepka said. Heused the pivotal stretch to pull away and finish the championships at 16-under 272.

"That's awesome", Koepka said. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days".

When Hideki Matsuyama posted a final-round score of 66 at Erin Hills on Sunday to take the US Open clubhouse lead on 12 under par, the target was set for Brooks Koepka. They want to see the best players in the world curled up in a ball on the fairway.

The champion started the event with birdies on the first and second holes, and if he had any semblance of nerves, they disappeared immediately.

After an average start in the first two rounds, Stricker barely made the cutline at 1 above par. Harman finding the fescue and making bogey at 12 was in keeping with that theme too.

"I mean, it feels unbelievable to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names". "But you've got to tip your cap to him". It sets up really well for me, especially if I'm driving it like I did today. "I'm still reading it, still doing everything, and it's got my attention". "Every putt I felt was going to go in".

Johnson's advice was simple: Stay patient, stick to your game and "you will win the thing", Koepka said.

Three years later, Koepka turned Sunday's back nine into a one-man show that Jones believes could have a long run. But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more. I just felt like I should be winning more.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.

Despite his final four-round score of nine over-par, Sunday's final round was not without at least one memorable moment for Hadwin, who was the lone Canadian to make the cut after Friday's second round.

Like Harman, Thomas couldn't match Koepka's final-round mastery, which came on Father's Day. "But I'm looking forward to getting the job done". And no one will have been writing headlines about the fact that he's already accrued 29 finishes in the top 10 on the PGA Tour in just three years as a full-time player. Scheffler finished ahead of Texas A&M's Cameron Champ, who entered Sunday's final round with a two-shot lead over Scheffler, shot a 4-over 76 to finish at 288.

Fortunately for Koepka, he made a decision to play the final round and went on to win by three shots, before attempting to drive through the night to contest final qualifying for the Open Championship. Only four left-handers - Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Bob Charles - have won major championships.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Before their names shared space on the silver U.S. Open trophy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth were together in a less attractive location. Hopefully though, in future majors I can play in the last or next to last group to give myself a better chance. "Whether I play well or not in that situation next time, that's a different story but I feel fine".

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