US Open results: Brooks Koepka wins at Erin Hills with record-equalling score

Brooks Koepka travelled around the world to find his game. He found stardom right at home as the US Open champion. 

Koepka broke away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the US Open for his first major championship. A par on the final hole tied Rory McIlroy’s record score to par at 16 under for a four-shot victory. 

Not even the wind could stop the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills. 

And nothing could stop Koepka. “What I’ve done this week is amazing,” Koepka. 

Tied for the lead with six holes to play, Koepka made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole. As Brian Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one. 

His reaction was subdued, just like his close friend and last year’s US Open champion, Dustin Johnson. They spend time a lot of time together on the course, in the gym and at home, so Koepka has seen that US Open trophy plenty at Johnson’s house in south Florida. 

Justin Thomas reacts after his birdie on the 17th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Erin Hills (AP)

And now he gets to keep it for a year, with his name on it. 

It capped quite a journey for the 27-year-old Floridian. 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. 

It was at the US Open three years ago when Koepka tied for fourth that helped earn a PGA Tour card, and he powered his way from obscurity to his first PGA Tour victory in Phoenix, his first Ryder Cup team last fall and now a major championship.

Harman’s chances ended with two straight bogeys, and a bogey on the par-5 18th hole gave him a 72 and a tie for second with Hideki…

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