Koepka's trip around the world leads to major title at home
Jun 20 2017 by Joanne Wise
Koepka's score for his first major championship title tied Rory McIlroy for the lowest score in relation to par for a U.S. Open.
This time it was Koepka's turn to celebrate. "But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost the golf tournament". He had only won one PGA Tour title, the 2015 Phoenix Open. "You play in the weekend of a Major and you know you are never too far away from a good week".
Back in June of 2011, six whole years before he would win the U.S. Open, a 21-year-old golfer by the name of Brooks Koepka fired off some hot takes about LeBron James that proved to be really, really wrong. I don't know why. Rory McIlroy might have summed it up best, "not your typical US Open setup, but I'm a big fan". "I just remember him always hitting flagsticks in practice rounds", said his former Georgia teammate, Kevin Kisner.
This year's U.S. Open was not only an impressive display of Brooks Koepka's talents and his intense competitiveness, but it also showed off the depth in the men's game, particularly with the young Americans. This made Koepka the third consecutive American to win the US Open, that first time that has happened since 1998-2000. His message was short and sweet.
Koepka said a low moment occurred in 2012, as he prepared to sleep on the third-round lead of the Scottish Hydro Challenge. "It hasn't sunk in, obviously, yet, and probably won't for a few days".
Three quick wins in Spain, Italy and Scotland earned him automatic entry to the European Tour, where he won in Turkey in 2014.
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And that's been it in the big leagues, though he has done well enough to make the Ryder Cup team previous year (going 3-1-0 in his matches).
"I'd never teed off this late before, so that was different", he said. "(He's) starting to figure it out and we're seeing it today. "I felt on Saturday I played great". Somebody who's got a long career. "I think it's an awesome golf course".
Koepka was mostly unknown to the casual golf watcher but his athletic build and solid form have made him a favorite of those looking for the next star of their fantasy golf league. "It was kind of bombs away", Koepka said. "I don't see it turning into a situation that gets out of control, like people saw in 1992".
"And I felt like I really stayed patient all week. I'm not saying the older guys are out by any means, but I think we're making our presence a little bit more known". "I just stayed in the moment".
His five-under 67 was only bettered by Japan's Hideki Matsuyama who posted 66 to tie for second on 12 under with overnight leader Brian Harman (72). "And I felt confident all week, so to feel as confident as I did on a Sunday of a Major and coming down the stretch was pretty neat".
And Lowry admits he will be happier with the more traditional US Open venues which have already been announced, starting with Shinnecock Hills in 2018 and followed by Pebble Beach, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Brookline Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, Pinehurst, Oakmont and Shinnecock again.