Harman falls short of US Open Championship, Koepka rallies to claim Title

The 27-year-old Koepka birdied No. 14 and 15 to open a three-stroke lead.

"It seems so long ago but to be just ho-humming along a couple over par and be able to reel off six in a row when I did, it just sort of shows me that it's there", he said. He lagged up, tapped in for par and promptly pumped his fist, clinching his first major championship and tying the 72-hole scoring record at 16-under.

Harman, who entered the day at 12-under was atop the pack with Koepka, Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood all one shot back. "I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him".

QUOTEWORTHY: "That means I'm a part of history".

NOTEWORTHY: Koepka is the seventh straight first-time major victor.

"It gives you a good grounding", Fleetwood said.

"I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach", Jamie Lovemark said.

How did Koepka win the title? "It was kind of by accident".

Stricker said he is likely to skip the U.S. Senior Open, as he wants to concentrate on the regular PGA Tour.

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Brooks Koepka hoists the US Open trophy after dominating the back nine at Erin Hills. That was a big plus for me. "Good ball-striker, good putter. On some of these par fives I don't even need to hit driver to get there and I putted brilliantly this week too".

"The way I played this week was just unbelievable", said Koepka, who ranked tied fourth in fairways hit (88%) and first in greens in regulation (86%).

Koepka was the first to strike, making a birdie on the first to go to 12 under and take a share of the lead.

On joining the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as a US Open victor, he added: "To be in the same category as some of the guys on this trophy is unbelievable". Koepka bogeyed the par-4 10th hole, marking the first time he registered a bogey on the back nine during the tournament. After kicking off in 74-65-71, the Japanese star began T14 on 6-under, six shy of 54-hole leader Brian Harman.

Thomas, who has won three times this season, finished Saturday at 11-under-par, two strokes ahead of a three-man group at nine-under.

After methodically cruising around the course tied atop the leaderboard with Brian Harman, Koepka separated himself late Sunday with three straight birdies on the back nine. Fowler's 10 under was only good for a fifth-place tie. "Any time you don't win, it stings".

"You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn't happen a whole lot".

"We're breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped. His best finish in 20 U.S. Open appearances came in the first Open to be held in Wisconsin. Everybody putt in a lot of work.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia is world number seven and the Spaniard had a solid, if unspectacular, week in Wisconsin.

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Then came the par-five 14th hole.

In the most anti-self-promotional way imaginable, Koepka became a golfer because of his face.

It wasn't the week the 30-year old had in mind, but he believes that an excellent putting performance in the final round, coupled with some improved form in the recent BMW PGA and the Memorial Tournament, bodes well for his trip to the $7m HNA Open de France next week and the upcoming links tests at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and The Open.

A bogey at the ninth was no great drama as the treacherous par three was playing 172 yards to a back right pin position into a stiff right-to-left crosswind.

Harman finished with a bogey on 18.

Scotland's Martin Laird also went backwards, closing with a 73 to finish the tournament as he started, on level par.

Matsuyama's best round of the day included eight birdies offset by two bogeys.

"I made two bad swings on the front nine", Koepka said.

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