Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

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"I just kept doing what I had been doing for three days", was his simple explanation of his six-birdie, one-bogey final round.

In finishing with a closing round for under-par, the 27-year-old Koepka - who had three successive birdies from the 14th hole to effectively seal the deal - finished with a 67 for 272, 16-under-par. "I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough", Matsuyama said. "He went out and won the tournament on the back nine". Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12.

After pars at 11, 12 and 13, Brooks Koepka slammed the door on the rest of the field with a birdie on the 14th after a great third shot from the sand, another at the 15th after hitting his approach shot to about 10 feet and holed a lovely right-to-left putt on 16 for his third consecutive birdie to get to 16-under.

Here's the players who automatically qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. The Canadian had great things to say about Erin Hills and believes it's a fantastic venue for a major championship. Had a couple get away from me today, but at the same time, I can't take anything away from how well he played.

"I think Brooks went out and won the tournament". But a par at 13, Koepka admitted afterward, meant even more. Harman was a three-time 2nd team All-American at UGA.

After turning 50 this year, Stricker gets to play in the PGA Tour Champions event that he will host in Madison next weekend, the American Family Insurance Championship. Out in 41, he restored some semblance of order with a two-under-par back nine.

There were only six birdies and U.S. Open victor Brooks Koepka had one of them while Japan's Hideki Matsuyama carded one of the 18 bogeys resulting in a two stroke swing. I'm glad I qualified and was able to play. "To be honest, I'm not a big golf nerd".

Koepka credits watching Tiger Woods for getting him interested in golf and making the sport seem kind of cool.

Jordan Spieth's little sister was asking more than he could deliver at Erin Hills. He led the U.S. Open leader board, but since then, he's had company.

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On the golf course, there was only a barrage of birdies.

"It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5-under", Thomas said.

The wind settled down shortly after the leaders teed off and, although still more hard than previous days, conditions were once again scoreable. "This (wind) is light and variable compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds".

Spieth was well off the lead, but seemed to be feeling much better with his game after shooting 76 in the third round. All at seven under par at Erin Hills.

World No.13 Justin Thomas dropped to eight-under with a 75 a day after setting the record for lowest round relative to par in US Open history with a nine-under 63. And I felt confident all week.

"I just need to keep it going".

As the front nine progressed, it looked increasingly as if it would come down to a question of who would blink first. The popular American shot even for the day and ended up at 10-under. He set up a short birdie putt with a nice chip on 18, and then waited around for the leaders to finish.

The last six majors have been taken by first-time winners.

Koepka had just one previous victory on the PGA Tour, at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. In the group ahead leader Brooks Koepka didn't slip up.