US Open at a glance

Out of a bunker at the 14th, a taking-dead-aim second at the 15th, and another straight over the flagstick at the 16th - three birdies in loud exclamation of his arrival among golf's elite. His first win in a major. It's the first time that has happened since 1998-2000.

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in historic fashion.

The 27-year-old Koepka birdied No. 14 and 15 to open a three-stroke lead. That's no longer the case, and the experience he gained at Erin Hills should help him should he once again be in contention for a major championship.

"It will be exciting", said Spieth, who has spent the annual Spring Break holiday with Thomas and Fowler for the last two years. In the first 116 U.S. Opens, there had been two.

After his birdie at 14, Koepka wasn't aware of Harman's bogey back at 13.

After hitting a short par putt on 18, Koepka-playing a group ahead of Harman-pumped his fist twice in celebration.

Koepka was four strokes better than Harman, who shot even par on Sunday, and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who shot 6 under Sunday to finish the championships at 12 under along with Harman. "I believe, based off of history, that I'm a top-tier player and I'll start playing like that shortly", he said. He also played in the U.S. Open past year at Oakmont and missed the cut.

And with Harman making back-to-back bogeys, the remainder of Koepka's round turned into a procession as he strolled to that four-shot victory.

AMATEUR HOUR: Scottie Scheffler was the low amateur, shooting a 73 to finish at 1 under.

Of the top 10 players in the world, only Masters champion Sergio Garcia (70) and Fowler broke par. On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green.

However, the 26-year-old from Southport then bogeyed the sixth after hitting a poor chip across the green and dropped another shot on the eighth after firing his approach over the green.

Scheffler plays for the University of Texas, and Champ plays for Texas A&M.

With strong winds buffeting the 7,721-yard layout at Erin Hills earlier in the day, Mother Nature had appeared poised to bite back after three days of benign conditions which led to a feast of low-scoring. A day after signing for a 63, Justin Thomas (75 for 280) floundered.

And why not? The 24-year-old 2011 Harlingen South graduate had qualified for the 117th U.S. Open golf tournament and was headed from his home in Houston to Erin, Wisconsin, fully expecting to overcome the odds and win. He and Dustin Johnson are gym-rat buddies, both once multi-sport athletes (Koepka a baseball pitcher) who, among other shared traits, make quick work of philosophical discussions, as in a phone call before today's round. When he pushed a 30-foot birdie try on No. 12 a full 12 feet past the hole, he set himself up for bogey.

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