Day 4 at the US Open: How locals fared Sunday

Brian Harman was looking to beat out Phil Mickelson to become the first left-handed US Open victor, but a level-par 72 wasn't enough to challenge Koepka's eventual lead. It was long - the longest in U.S. Open history - and the fescue lining the fairways was brutal.

"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 afterwards.

"I was kind of, I don't want to say homesick, it was just, exhausted of golf".

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker putts on the ninth hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open before a loyal group of fans at Erin Hills.

A huge par saver on the 13 was immediately followed by exemplary birdie putts on the 14, 15 and 16 to ultimately reach 16 under - the same final score as Rory McIlroy famously won with and shattered all US Open scoring records in 2011.

Third round leader Brian Harman, who had led by one-shot at the start of the round, finished second on 12 under after an even-par 72.

"It was a long phone call", Koepka said.

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Emotion? The most he displayed was a light fist pump, his hand clenched a little tighter with each birdie, and a double fist pump on the 18th when he tapped in for par.

It capped quite a journey for the Floridian. Without a card on any tour when he got out of FSU, Koepka filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan and Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and Madeira Island.

Now in his fourth season on the PGA Tour, Koepka was frustrated with having won just one tournament - the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Young Chinese Li Haotong wrapped up his first taste of major championship golf with a 12-over-par 84 to stand last early in Sunday's U.S. Open final round, but said he valued the experience. If the wind was up like this all week, your winning score is much higher than it would have been.

"If you had told me I was going to shoot 12-under this year at a U.S. Open and not win, I would have taken the bet for sure", he said.

Matsuyama had set the pace with an astonishing six-under 66 in tough conditions, but he would have to settle with a tie for second place alongside Brian Harman as Koepka only continued his assault on the course.

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The week ended with 31 players under par, breaking the record of 28 at Medinah in 1990.

While more players than usual broke par at a U.S. Open, numerous world's best golfers failed to make the halfway cut after Friday's second round. He had three bogeys and two birdies on back nine, finishing with a 1-under 71. And it wasn't enough that he had four top-10 finishes in his first 14 majors. I felt very comfortable. Just keep doing what you're doing, you're going to win the thing.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - The list of places Brooks Koepka had to go to win golf tournaments looks like a page straight out of a travelogue.

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He attempted to pitch up to the 72nd hole of Erin Hills with his third shot, but for the first time during Sunday's round, Koepka showed signs of nerves.

Scottie Scheffler (73) pipped Cameron Champ (76) to the low amateur honours with a one-under aggregate total and Jordan Spieth closed with an encouraging 69 to end the week one over.

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