Koepka claims first major title by taming Erin Hills

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Koepka was four strokes better than Harman, who shot even par on Sunday, and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who shot 6 under Sunday to finish the championships at 12 under along with Harman. A tie for fourth at the U.S. Open that same year helped Koepka earn his U.S.

Koepka said a low moment occurred in 2012, as he prepared to sleep on the third-round lead of the Scottish Hydro Challenge.

So Koepka not only wins the largest winner's share in golf - $2.16 million - he's also now dating Winder, Ga., native and model Jena Sims, whom a Fox talking head briefly misidentified as one-time professional soccer player Becky Edwards, his former girlfriend.

The last six majors have produced six first-time champions and that trend looks set to continue with the leaderboard dominated by mostly unheralded names.

He did it. Now, his journey includes a victory in Wisconsin - in the U.S. Open, no less.

It was the seventh consecutive major captured by a first-time victor, including now at the past three U.S. Opens - with Jordan Spieth winning at Chambers Bay in 2015, and Dustin Johnson at Oakmont previous year. Golf fans saw a potential new star emerge, but the tournament's finish was a far cry from what we saw at the Masters in April. Your outlook on that depends on if you like your cup half full or half empty.

Two more birdies came on the 15th and 16th to increase his lead to four shots, and although Harman momentarily reduced the damage to three with a gain of his own on 16, the 54-hole leader gave the shot back to the course on the final hole.

The muscular American, who started the day one back of the lead, tamed his nerves and a wind-whipped course, carding six birdies, including two to kick-start his round, against a single bogey for a five-under 67.

"He loves golf himself".

"It's unveliveable. I dont' even know what to say, it's pretty cool", Brooks said after his victory. "I'm looking forward to my shot at it".

"She's hurting, I don't know if she'll be able to caddie next week", he said.

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"I wasn't thinking anything other than the shot I just had or was about to hit". Matsuyama didn't need to stick around very long.

"I have a lot of hard times in a major".

"You've got to put four good rounds together", Matsuyama said through an interpreter. "Obviously, the wind picked up and I felt like that played right into my hands-good ball-striker, good putter".

In fact, his 16-under 272 total tied Rory McIlroy's tournament scoring record from 2011 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. He most likely held the win at -14, but displayed his strong mind by increasingly closing the gap as he got closer to the finish line, with a final score of -16. So on 13 I was just trying to be aggressive and hit the back of the hole. "That's what I did, and I felt really confident".

"Next time I'll probably stay patient and think I will be better".

"There's a big couple of months coming up and I feel like my game is in decent condition".

"I felt really comfortable yesterday". He posted the low round of the day.

"To be honest with you, it really was the par save on 13 that built some confidence", he said. On 11, the same thing. "I'm not saying the older guys are out, by any means, but I think we're making our presence a little bit more known". "This will make up for the card that I didn't get him", he joked.

Speaking of an early-season slump this year, Koepka said, "I was grinding all day every day, in the gym every day".

"It was a long phone call for us", Koepka joked. And that's probably a good thing - because nobody has any control over it anyway. I'd been trying to win so badly.

He won that tournament, made it to the regular European Tour, and then made it home to the PGA Tour. One win in Europe.

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