"Obviously, that's just one shot, but that was a pretty big turn", Thomas said of the bogey on No. 4. "Just don't get ahead of yourself".
"It was a long phone call for us", Koepka said.
"But he just said a few things, and just stay patient. I probably haven't won as much as I would have liked, but this will do".
The long-hitting Florida native travelled far and wide, from Kazakhstan to Kenya and mainland Europe, cramming into bed and breakfast rooms with fellow players, spending some nights sleeping in cars, and learning about life and how to win.
The 47-year-old South African has played in just about every imaginable condition over a 23-year PGA Tour career. "He said, 'Catch me tomorrow.' I never got the autograph". That it would happen. "I felt like I've underachieved", he said. The result is his best in a major, bettering the T4 he earned at the 2016 PGA Championship. The 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus was among those who praised the Floridian. He said he would rather be out on the course fighting for the title.
What helped Koepka win the U.S. Open more than anything else was his ability to hit fairways and greens in regulation to stay out of the nasty rough, fescue and bunkers. I like classic US Open courses but this is different. Brooks controlled the ball fantastically, his game was just so good.
They were all great Putts. I just didn't have it today.
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" He loves golf himself".
"It feels fantastic to get my name on this trophy with so many other great names", Koepka said after becoming the seventh first-time major victor in succession, a run stretching back to Jason Day's victory in the 2015 US PGA Championship.
That experience is a great asset, and I'm sure he would have drawn on his knowledge of playing British links courses when the wind picked up in Wisconsin on Sunday. "I'll go anywhere. 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".
The 27-year-old American knew what he needed to do to win his first Major and he more than stood up to the pressure, sinking three straight birdies from the 14th hole to finish a record-equalling 16 under. "I think that's been the consensus from everyone", Spieth said Sunday. I think the wrap it was getting for the low scores and everything, I mean it is what it is. I was just exhausted of golf. I thought that if I thought ahead, if I strayed from the gameplan at all, that's where things were going to go wayward and sideways. You start thinking about having the trophy or start thinking about other things. "You need to play smart".
McIlroy finished at 16-under 268 when he won on rain-softened Congressional in the 2011 U.S. Open. "To try to go out there and try to get in a top 5 or trying to get up near the lead is not what I play for".
Players still have 11 events left to position themselves to play in THE NORTHERN TRUST and, ultimately, to advance to the TOUR Championship. A year on we were playing late on a Sunday in a major, so that's a nice way to cap it off. I don't even know what was going on. "And I felt like I put myself in contention so many times".