Koepka in control and with a 1-shot lead at US Open

The first round alone set a U.S. Open record with 44 golfers shooting an under-par round. Rory McIlroy got to that number before finishing at 16-under at Congressional in 2011.

That left only Koepka and Matsuyama, who shot the two lowest rounds of the day.

"I'm proud of the way I hung in there today".

The turning point came when Koepka bagged three consecutive birdies, starting with the par-five 14th while Harman carded back-to-back bogeys on the hard 12th and 13th holes.

Even though the 15-man leader board did not at any point Sunday contain a player who had won a major title, the field still had a mind-boggling seven who finished at 10 under par or lower.

Through it all Koepka kept his measured swagger on a roll and never got ahead of himself.

"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. A birdie at the 16th brought him within 3 strokes, but that was as close as he would get.

Brooks Koepka hoists the US Open trophy after dominating the back nine at Erin Hills. He finished the tournament tied for second with Hideki Matsuyama at 12 under par.

With his birdie-eagle finish, he ended up in a tie for second at 11-under 205, one stroke behind Harman. "And to go over there, I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere". But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament. "That's what we've been working on, but maybe a day like today is all it needed to just kind of calm down".

"When he started I couldn't hit it and I was missing cuts for fun". "I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough".

Third-round leader Brian Harman had a share of the lead well into the afternoon until making back-to-back bogeys at hole Nos.

Matsuyama's 66 was the best score on a windy final day, one better than Koepka.

Koepka birdied his first two holes to get to 13 under.

"I learned a lot this week", he said.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam.

It was Koepka's day though, right from the time he hit the front with his third birdie of the round on the 8th hole.

"We're breaking down all kinds of barriers", Harman quipped.

Harman was on top at 12 under coming into the day.

However, the American carded a three-over 75 on Sunday to drop back into a tie for ninth at eight under, eight shots behind champion Brooks Koepka.

"It's awesome to get the calls and texts I got last night".

Fowler, though, refused to view Sunday as a negative, even though he's now 0-for-31 in majors and Sunday was his sixth top-5 finish in a major.

Koepka broke away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open for his first major championship. Canada's Adam Hadwin was out in the worst of it and shot an eight-over 80 to finish nine-over for the week.

That put him in Sunday's final pairing - a 2:54 p.m. tee time - and Thomas, an early bird, said it was "bizarre for me", hanging around the house he shared with Fowler, trying to avoid the phone, the TV, all that was being written and said about him until it was time to go to the course. But no regrets. I didn't think we were playing that slow, but when they gave us the word, we played a lot quicker on 16 and 17.

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