U.S. Open 2017: Brooks Koepka ties record in winning first major at Erin Hills
With a few young Americans in contention entering Round 4 on Sunday, it seemed assured that one would win the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills. And that’s exactly what happened as 27-year-old Brooks Koepka tied the U.S. Open scoring record and hoisted his first major trophy after an absurd Sunday in which he capped his tremendous tournament with a 5-under 67 in the final round.
Koepka shot 67-70-68 in the first three rounds to finish with a 16-under 272, matching Rory McIlroy’s 2011 U.S. Open mark for most strokes under par for the tournament. He pulled away from a competitive field late with three straight birdies on 14-16 to go up four strokes with two holes to play.
There was plenty of competition for Koepka on Sunday as Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama carded a round-best 66 to stand as the clubhouse leader at 12 under until Koepka entered. Rickie Fowler failed to capitalize on his strong positioning entering the day, capping his tournament with a 72 and T5 finish. Fowler continues to look for his first major victory.
Koepka is the seventh straight first-time major winner and ninth straight first-time U.S. Open winner. His 16 under was just the third score that finished double digits under par in tournament history (McIlroy, Tiger Woods in 2000).