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Freda Brock | 19 June, 2017, 14:07

Brooks Koepka is no longer flying under the radar after surviving a packed leaderboard Sunday at Erin Hills to win the U.S. Open at 16 under.

He closed with a 5-under 67, only realizing after his par on the final hole that a birdie would have set yet another U.S. Open record in a week filled with them.

The flag commemorates the late Arnold Palmer's win at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills.

Elsewhere for Japan at the U.S. Open, Satoshi Kodaira finished in a four-way tie for 46th with a 3-over 291 total and Yusaku Miyazato, who stumbled with a final round 79 after going 72-70-76, finished 60th at 9-over. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport with stamps from the most unlikely outposts in golf while playing the minor leagues on the European Tour Kazakhstan and Kenya, Portugal and India and throughout Europe. He had been on the road for so long, in so many different countries, and was feeling lonely.

That victory five years ago at Royal Latham was his last tour win.

Koepka took it from there — a victory in Turkey against a strong field, his first PGA Tour victory in the Phoenix Open, his first Ryder Cup and now a major championship.

"I needed something to go in and see that to build momentum off it, and just carried that over", Koepka said.

Elsewhere, Masters victor Sergio Garcia couldn't parlay his first major victory into a second and never made a Sunday charge despite shooting under par in each of the first three rounds.

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"It gives you a good grounding", Fleetwood said.

Third round leader Brian Harman, who had led by one-shot at the start of the round, finished second on 12 under after an even-par 72. "Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly".

" My concentration was so good that day that I caught myself immediately every time I began to think ahead. Now he's done it in a major".

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages.

Koepka, 27, comfortably settled in and unleashed his eye-opening power to get the better of Erin Hills and won the national championship on Sunday in record fashion. He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion.

THEY'RE IN: Top-10 finishes at Erin Hills will allow Xander Schauffele and Trey Mullinax to return to the U.S. Open next year. But the low scoring went much deeper than that.

Only McIlroy and Tiger Woods had previously finished double digits under par in the game's toughest test, while no runner-up had ever managed such a total. Smiles are rare at a U.S. Open when a player finishes before the leaders tee off. Matsuyama, who is still trying to earn his first major, made a messy bogey on the par-4 15th hole after hitting his drive in the fescue. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open.


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