Brooks Koepka Caps a Record Week With US Open Title

Brooks Koepka Caps a Record Week With US Open Title

First-round leader and World No. 9 Rickie Fowler patched together an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the 117th U.S. Open to wrap on 10-under 278, good for a three-way T5, a distant six in arrears of champion Brooks Koepka, who shot 67.

He recovered to drain a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-three 13th, but thereafter was unable to build any momentum over the remainder of the opening nine holes.

In fact, you have to go down to 19 place to find a victor of a major, Sergio Garcia at three-under.

Koepka made three birdies on the back nine, including a handsome putt on 16.

The 28-year-old started day two with a one-shot cushion but a one-over-par 73 opened the door for a four-way tie at the top. They were joined by Brian Harman and Tommy Fleetwood of England, who each had a 70.

It was the second straight year McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

Brandt Snedeker, Players Championship victor Kim Si-woo, Xander Schauffele and amateur Cameron Champ are also two shots back at five under. A day after signing for a 63, Justin Thomas (75 for 280) floundered.

Casey made a snowman - a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 14th - and still broke par with a 71.

"I'm very excited and very happy with the score", the Japanese star said.

The 18th hole at Erin Hills has a special flag for the final round of the U.S. Open.

"Next time I'll probably stay patient and think I will be better".

Thomas bogeyed three of his first five holes to drop back to 8 under.

With a gusty wind blowing across Erin Hills, Spieth's first shot at the par-3 13th hole landed about 5 feet from the flag.

However, after dropping another shot on the 15th, Casey regained his composure superbly to birdie the 17th and 18th, the latter being the second longest hole in major history at 676 yards.

Harman made par on every hole on the front nine except three where he birdied.

He never made the cut at the U.S. Open since turning pro in 2009 until this year.

And Casey was joined at the end of play by compatriot Tommy Fleetwood, and U.S. duo Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman on seven under par.

But Harman is playing the best golf of his career.

McIlroy, the No. 2 player in the world, also arrived last Friday having missed the last month to rest a nagging rib injury.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - the top three players in the world, all of them professing expansive Erin Hills to be ideal for their games - spent Friday cleaning out their lockers after missing the cut.

Now the reigning Abu Dhabi HSBC Champion is two rounds shy of earning a whopping $2.1million first prize windfall. Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12. "I just didn't play well". He led by two shots when he finished the third round, but had fallen behind by one by the time the final round began. He says the greens on his last few holes "were firming up".

"I'll take it exactly where I'm at; that was the goal going into the week, to put ourselves in a position to be in contention on Sunday", Fowler said. There no longer is a 10-shot rule that would allow anyone within 10 shots of the lead to make the cut.

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.



Related Posts

Tillerson skips OAS meeting to focus on Gulf crisis
Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who helped the US locate Bin Laden, was later sentenced to 33 years in prison for treason. On Wednesday 14th June, Djibouti reduced its level of diplomatic relations with Qatar over the regional diplomatic crisis.

Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'
The game at Nationals Park carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Hodgkinson , a 66-year-old man from IL , in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

Portugal sees Ronaldo fully focused on Confederations Cup
There was a big match at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday as Portugal took on Mexico . Mexico is in fine shape heading into the tournament attack-minded, possession-based style of football.

Four-way tie for lead at the US Open
But it was too little too late for the Northern Irishman who remains anchored near the bottom of the leaderboard at five over. Justin Thomas overcame a rumbling stomach to take a bite out of US Open history yesterday with a record-breaking 63.

Trump Visits Scalise In Hospital After GOP Baseball Practice Shooting
Paul said the fearless officers returned fire - and one of them was still "protecting the scene" after being shot . In a statement , President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence were monitoring developments closely.

5 key takeaways from Attorney General Sessions' testimony
Collins gave him the opportunity to declare, "Comey's firing had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation". Yet, the beauty of a public hearing is that sometimes specific answers appear without the asking of specific questions.

Puerto Rico overwhelming votes to become U.S. state, but likely won't
The first three referenda were inconclusive, with voters split on statehood versus the status quo. Representative Nydia Velázquez, because the turnout was so low, the results can not be trusted.

British and Irish Lions suffer second tour defeat to Highlanders in Dunedin
Both teams showed up to play hard on the day and the result was the most engrossing game of the Lions tour so far. Biggar looped around his center and passed to Joseph, who burst through a hole in the Highlanders' defense.

30 confirmed dead in London high-rise fire
Omar, 25, survived, but the brothers were separated as firemen tried to rescue them from the burning building early Wednesday. Standard versions use plastic such as polyethylene for the core, while more expensive variants use fire-resistant material.

Key Takeaways From Attorney General Sessions' Testimony
The investigation part of the equation may explain Sessions' admitted ignorance. "I was standing there". Sessions became attorney general in February but did not recuse himself from that probe until March.

© 2015 Chester Weekly. All Rights reserved.