Thomas struggling in US Open

Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the first tee during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills.

Brooks Koepka, in a tie for second with Thomas and a shot behind surprise leader Brian Harman, made the ideal start with birdies on the first and second to move into the outright lead, only for Harman to respond on the third with a birdie putt that did a full circuit of the hole before dropping in.

On Sunday, the 27-year-old American broke free of a week-long logjam at the top of the leaderboard at Erin Hills with three consecutive birdies on the back nine to shoot a five-under 67 and claim his first major championship. His 5-under 283 was his lowest score to par in his 20 U.S. Open appearances.

Tommy Fleetwood, the 26-year-old Brit who was paired with victor Koepka, finished 11-under after shooting a final-round 72, said he learned immensely from his U.S. Open experience.

There were only six birdies and U.S. Open victor Brooks Koepka had one of them while Japan's Hideki Matsuyama carded one of the 18 bogeys resulting in a two stroke swing.

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The 30-year-old from Georgia had never gone past the second round in a US Open before this year, missing the cut on his two previous visits in 2012 and 2015.

Tommy Fleetwood (72) finished in solo fourth. "To get the calls and text messages I did last night was pretty special - everybody just giving me a piece of advice, just stick to what I've done and that's what I did today".

He followed with birdies at 15 and 16 to suddenly widen his gap to four shots and close in on the Open championship. Koepka, playing one group ahead of Harman, is at 13 under.

Harman, who took a one-stroke lead into the final round over Koepka and Justin Thomas, was tied with eight holes to go after Koepka bogeyed the 10th.

"Anytime you've seen the golf courses, US Open golf venues work back towards even par, there are complaints". One more good shot.

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"I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough", Matsuyama said.

Elsewhere, Masters champion Sergio Garcia finished with a 71 to stay on six under, six behind Harman. Koepka won five total events in Europe, where he met his Scottish caddie, Ricky Elliot, and learned to handle windy links courses, similar to the setup at Erin Hills. "I liked it before I came here".

Elsewhere, Masters victor Sergio Garcia couldn't parlay his first major victory into a second and never made a Sunday charge despite shooting under par in each of the first three rounds. A year on we were playing late on a Sunday in a major, so that's a nice way to cap it off. "And, as the week went on, coming into [Sunday] I kind of realized I didn't really have a shot anymore, but I still wanted to play my best golf and see what I could do". I'd played so many weeks in a row. Smiles are rare at a U.S. Open when a player finishes before the leaders tee off.

Kite says it looks as if the conditions at Erin Hills "are going to be a lot more challenging", but he doesn't think it will look like what happened 25 years ago. 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. - Fowler confident - Rickie Fowler was two behind Harman on 10 under after a four-under-par 68 which kept him firmly in contention.

Jordan Spieth played his best round of the tournament Sunday with a three-under 69. This year, nine players reached at least 10 under, and seven finished there.

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"I feel like I'm playing at the highest level", Fowler said.

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