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Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title
Freda Brock | 19 June, 2017, 09:26

Steady as she goes for Emirates Team New Zealand with two more wins over Oracle Team USA putting them 3-0 up in the first to seven series.

New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, 26, won both races against defending US champion Jimmy Spithill in an upset as the Kiwi team made a strong start in the first day of the first to seven competition. The Kiwis' 50-foot catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped off across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound.

"I think it's pretty obvious these guys are faster and we need to make some changes", Spithill said after New Zealand, helmed by Peter Burling, beat Oracle twice on Sunday to complete a sweep of the first four races.

Races 3 and 4 are scheduled for Sunday.

As both boats headed towards the turn the gap was down to just over three seconds, and it looked like the United States team might record their first win of the America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, but it was not to be.

"It's not over yet, we've got five days and they're five very important days".

Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

An early mistake in race three proved costly for the U.S. team and they were unable to fight back as their rivals triumphed by nearly a minute.

In reply, despite knowing that repeating the opening weekend's performance when racing resumes on June 24 would confirm Emirates Team New Zealand as the 35th America's Cup champions, Burling again warned his team against complacency. "We're obviously disappointed with what was a tough day, but the deficit is only one point so we we're not panicking", said a defiant Spithill.

The New Zealand team are a fast, well-oiled machine with their aerodynamic pod of four "cyclor" sailors, who supply the energy needed to power the boat's massive wing sail by pedaling on bikes. The Kiwis used the same foils they did in speeding to two victories on Saturday while the American-backed crew appeared to use two different foils.

Oracle came in with a 10-race winning streak against Team New Zealand, including eight at the end of the 2013 regatta and two in the round-robins this year.

The always-innovative Kiwis are using a “cyclor” grinding system. Among the cyclists on the crew is Simon van Velthooven, who won a bronze medal in cycling at the London Olympics.

"I think what happened is that we lost a rudder", revealed Spithill, reflecting on the manoeuvre that all but ended their challenge. But we know that. Whether it's system related, appendage related, sailing technique or strategy, we are going to look at absolutely everything.

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Potential disaster averted, Koepka proceeded to birdie the next three holes and effectively end the hopes of those in pursuit. Given the list of illustrious names who could not survive past 36 holes here, special credit is due to Scottie Scheffler.

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