The 27-yr-previous American, who reduce his professional tooth on Europe’s second-tier tour, triumphed by 4 photographs over fellow American Brian Harman and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, Sunday.
The highly effective Floridian fired a ultimate-spherical sixty seven to develop into the seventh first-time main winner in a row and third consecutive house winner.
Koepka’s profitable rating to par of sixteen beneath equals the mark set by Rory McIlroy in 2011, though Congressional Nation Membership was a par seventy one, not seventy two.
The world No. 22, a member of the victorious US Ryder Cup workforce in 2016, pocketed a cheque for $2.sixteen million alongside the US Open trophy.
“It is unbelievable, it is fairly cool,” stated Koepka, who has knocked on the door earlier than in majors, with fourth within the 2014 US Open and 2016 US PGA.
“To be in the identical class as a number of the names on this trophy is particular.”
In contrast to many US execs, Koepka made an alternate begin to his profession by becoming a member of Europe’s Problem Tour, enjoying in far-flung places reminiscent of Kazakhstan as he sought to realize his enjoying rights for the complete European Tour.
4 victories throughout 2012 and 2013 did the job, and he picked up a solitary European Tour win in Turkey in 2014 en path to being named the Tour’s Rookie of the Yr.
He made the change again to the PGA Tour in 2015, and gained his solely different title the identical yr.
“To be on the Problem Tour, driving round in a bit mini automotive with 4 guys and golf luggage to being the US Open champion is fairly cool,” he stated.
“To go over to Europe and reduce your tooth and study to play in several circumstances is what it’s essential do. I look again at these wins and I in all probability have not gained as a lot as I would really like on the PGA Tour however this can do.”
In a stiff breeze Sunday, he battled with third-spherical chief Harman for the early a part of the spherical, earlier than taking the event by the scruff of the neck with three straight birdies from the 14th because the chasers faltered.
World No. 50 Harman dropped a shot on the final to for a seventy two to slide again alongside Matsuyama,whose spectacular sixty six gave him the early clubhouse lead.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood, 26, who shared second with Koepka and Thomas in a single day, carded seventy two to finish fourth at eleven underneath for his greatest end in a serious after beforehand making only one reduce in seven makes an attempt.
Rickie Fowler, arguably the perfect participant of the present era to not have gained a serious, was unable to spark a problem and will solely handle a degree-par seventy two to finish 10 underneath alongside countrymen Xander Schauffele and Invoice Haas.
“You need to measure success in several methods, not simply by profitable, simply because that does not occur an entire lot,” stated Fowler.
“I feel Tiger had the most effective profitable proportion of all time at 30%, and also you’re fortunate to even sniff near 10.”
American Justin Thomas was one other whose earlier magic eluded him after Saturday’s document US Open spherical in relation to par of 9-underneath sixty three. Thomas pale to a 3-over seventy five for eight beneath.
“Anytime you do not win, it stings,” stated Thomas.
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