US Open : No regrets as magic Matsuyama falls short

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Koepka's winning total of 16-under equals the lowest score to par for a US Open, matching Rory McIlroy's victory at Congressional in 2011 on a par-71 layout.

He remembers taking a phone call and receiving the best advice he's ever got: "Stick it out". (Day, Danny Willett, Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia, Koepka).

"On the Sunday I did not play how I wanted to and it was windy and the conditions were tough". "I played six, probably seven weeks in a row. not being home". I was just exhausted of golf. That it would happen.

"Going over to play the Challenge Tour was really, really cool", he said.

"I called (agent) Blake Smith the night of the third round (of the Scottish Hydro Challenge in Aviemore)", said Koepka after collecting a record first prize of $2.16million (£1.6million) at Erin Hills. "And the more patient that I can become, the more times I'll put myself in this situation". The 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus was among those who praised the Floridian.

"I kept telling people previous year after the Ryder Cup", Brandt Snedeker said, "when Brooks figures out how good he is, he's going to be a world beater". "Brooks drives it so long".

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.

A disturbing trend, or just a rough day on the golf course? Brooks controlled the ball fantastically, his game was just so good. He made the putt. "And I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once".

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The champion himself set his sights immediately towards further success on golf's biggest stages.

"It's taken me a long time to learn how to not try to win". "I'm sure someone even heard me say that".

I've been trying to win so badly.

When Matsuyama, at number four the highest ranked player to make the cut, delivered the round of the day a six-under 66 to get within one of the lead, a rampaging Koepka countered with golf's version of the knockout punch, clinching victory in ruthless style by registering three straight birdies from the 14th.

"I think the Ryder Cup was kind of the first real taste of true pressure I think I've ever felt", he added. 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. A majority of the golfers thoroughly enjoyed the course and the way it played out.

Harman went cold down the stretch, as he bogeyed three holes on the back nine.

It takes a lot to get Koepka excited, and while a U.S. Open certainly does the trick, it was hard to tell.

"The 26-year-old has climbed to 21st in the world rankings and said: "'I've never contended for a major before, so when you get to Saturday and Sunday you've got to see how you react and how you feel. "But he's a great player and he has no fear". Today my game wasn't quite there, but still got it round in level par. "I felt like I just never fully came together".

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