When he approached No. 14 with his wee one-shot lead and his opinion that his wins in Japan, Turkey and Phoenix constituted underachievement, he seemed to stand far from his gorgeous 67, his four-shot win, his blissful score of 272 and a U.S. Open-record-tying score against par of 16 under.
Brooks Koepka admitted patience was the key to his record-equalling victory at the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills on Sunday.
Aoki finished second to the legendary Jack Nicklaus at the 1980 U.S. Open.
Both failed by three shots to advance out of the second stage of qualifying school in Texas, leaving them with no status on any tour.
"He actually started caddying for me a year ago next week, so this was our anniversary I feel", Fleetwood added.
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As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. Koepka had been on the punishing Challenge Tour schedule, taking in events from Kazakhstan to Kenya.
Schofield, who led the European Tour for 30 years and in 2013 was elected to the WorldGolf Hall of Fame, told Reuters that Koepka had won a lot of respect during his days on the European Challenge Tour, beginning as a 22-year-old in 2012. "I'll try to beat him the next time".
Koepka's win extended a remarkable run of victories by players who had never previously won a Major.
"For some reason I just wanted to get out and go home".
"I was trying to get it as low as I could, it was something I thought was important just to stay focused and keep the pedal down". He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion.
Another former Alabama great, Robby Shelton, led wire-to-wire as he captured the title at the GolfBC Championship - his first career professional win - on the Mackenzie Tour (Canadian PGA).
"I think it helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, 'Hey, play golf, get it done and then you can really take this somewhere.' And I built a lot of confidence off that", Koepka said.
2 His girlfriend, who was seen celebrating with him at Erin Hills, is actress Jena Sims who has been in films alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas. "Love the support I get every week", Hadwin said in response to the impromptu anthem. The truth is that the fairways were the widest in US Open history and Koepka won because he hit 88% of them over 72 holes, as well as averaging a cool 307 yards from the tee.
"I think it's a great thing".
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood was alone in fourth, five strokes off Koepka's pace. The only drama at the end was whether he'd make birdie on the par-5 18th to break Rory McIlroy's scoring record in relation to par. He opened with two straight birdies, drained a 41-footer for birdie on the eighth, bogeyed the 10th and made what he called a "massive par save" on 13. But three bogeys in five holes to start the fourth round dropped him out of contention, and he finished with 75 on Sunday, 12 shots worse than his historic third round.
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