Koepka is built like a linebacker and another of the game’s bombers. On typical U.S. Open greens, that would have run all the way off the back of the green.
And nothing could stop Koepka.
Thomas also moved into the lead with his putt at 18.
Has Brian Harman ever held a 54-hole lead in the tournament but lost it in excruciating fashion?
The 24-year-old Thomas eagled the par-5 18th for just the fifth 63 in U.S. Open history. But it isn’t a US Open course that I’m familiar with, the way it was set up.
And now he gets to keep it for a year, with his name on it.
Grass stains from forays into the rough and claustrophobia from narrow fairways have been replaced by grins and giggles, as a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event has taken over what is typically one of the most exhausting tests on the golf calendar. It was far from certain he would win a U.S. Open only three years after riding a fourth place in a U.S. Open, at Pinehurst in North Carolina in 2014, to his PGA Tour card. What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots. Koepka simply couldn’t miss.
World No.9 Rickie Fowler, who held the halfway lead, earned solo fifth with a 68, with Players Championship victor Si Woo Kim a shot back alone in sixth after also carding a 68. “Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly”.
Yesterday at the US Open left us with our hands to our mouths as the Leaderboard changed several times. “Now he’s done it in a major”.
The top echelons of the leaderboard are dominated by a number of Americans, including four of the current top five, as the home golfers excel at Erin Hills. But Brian Harman: U.S. Open champ? But the low scoring went much deeper than that.
This week alone, nine players reached at least 10 under and seven finished there.
Fowler fell away badly after starting the final round of this year’s Masters just one off the pace and belief will surely be key for a player who has regularly contended in majors without taking the prize. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68. Thomas capped his sensational round with an eagle after landing a 3-wood on the 18th green.
“For one, the greatness of my round is the 63 in the last round of the U.S. Open to win by one”, said Miller, now an analyst for the American TV network NBC.
Rolling hills, gorgeous views – those are among the things you notice at Wisconsin’s Erin Hills Golf Course.
Perhaps making it a bit easier is the knowledge that Erin Hills is nowhere near the suffocating sauna that typically affronts players in this tournament.
Oakmont is one of the most famous courses in the world and has been around for ages so it’s an unfair comparison.
Still hanging around was Rickie Fowler, who made 15-foot birdie putts on both par 5s to atone for some wild driving early on in which he had to scramble for pars.
He had missed another eagle putt on the 15th, when he drove the green in one and then rolled a six-footer just wide of the hole.