After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the U.S. Open's final round as heavy winds pummeled the links-style layout, adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major.
After signing his scorecard, Koepka was seen holding his head in his hands, overcome with emotion, as he rode in a golf cart to a televised interview on FOX and the presentation of the U.S. Open trophy and the Jack Nicklaus gold medal, before the traditional 18th-hole ceremony. Koepka is the seventh first-time major victor in a row, a run that started with Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship.
Thomas became the fifth player to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open and the first player at 9 under.
Some of the loudest cheers at the U.S. Open were reserved for a guy who never really challenged the leaders.
The resulting birdie reduced his deficit to playing partner Koepka to four shots, Koepka having followed birdies on the first and second with another from 35 feet on the eighth. It's just a matter that this is one of the four majors in a year, and this is a US Open.
Brooks Koepka is in position to win his first major title. As Brian Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one.
Hideki Matsuyama is second at 12 under.
He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball toward his left foot. They are friends who will see one another in college tournaments next year and, before that, the August 14-17 U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68.
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"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said.
The 47-year-old South African has played in just about every imaginable condition over a 23-year PGA Tour career.
Li found the rough with his tee shot on 18 and hacked it out with an eight-iron, but his ball settled into a deep divot on the fairway, before his third shot bounded through the green into more nasty grass, from where he took six more shots to hole out for a 10-over 82 at Erin Hills. Rickie Fowler will start two behind at 10-under-par, in the third group to the last.
As Scheffler waited to be given his gold medal, Champ, who had just finished his round, congratulated him. Going into the final round, 42 players were still under par.
This has been quite the confidence-building experience for the 20 year-old who plays at Texas.
Stricker was rolling down the back end of the back nine, with three birdies between the 14th and 17th holes.
There would be another first-time major champion at the U.S. Open, and the winning score would be at double digits under par for the third time in U.S. Open history. He got off to the ideal start with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first and a tee shot just short of the green on the 338-yard second hold, leading to a simple up-and-down for another birdie.