Brooks Koepka caps record week with title

And since there's a streak of seven first-timers winning the last seven majors, why couldn't he be next? And by the middle of the back nine, only one player remained standing.

Brian Harman reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 12th during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Koepka, who became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major, finished the tournament strong, closing with three straight birdies on the back nine and shooting a 5-under 67.

The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. "I feel comfortable. Being in contention in a major is new and I'm excited", said Thomas. "No regrets, I did play well".

Q. Something to build on or give you some more confidence going forward?

Matsuyama's best round of the day included eight birdies offset by two bogeys.

"He birdied 14, 15, 16, and that was kind of lights out", Harman said.

"Brooks played great, he went out and won it, so I gave it my best, just came up a little short", Harmon said.

While more players than usual broke par at a U.S. Open, numerous world's best golfers failed to make the halfway cut after Friday's second round.

Koepka tied for the best score in relation to par in the history of the U.S. Open with a 16-under 272 for the four rounds on the par 72 course.

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Only McIlroy and Tiger Woods had previously finished double digits under par in the game's toughest test, while no runner-up had ever managed such a total. McIllroy set this record in 2011 at the U.S. Open. The strongest gusts were Sunday morning, and it tapered to a strong breeze by the afternoon. Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed, and Si Woo Kim only managed even-par or worse.

Q. There were only two guys that shot a lower score in a U.S. Open than you ever. "But he just said a few things - I'll win if I stay patient and just keep doing what I'm doing". But I would like to think that's not why I played how I did today.

Koepka, a 27-year-old from West Palm Beach, Fla., flexed his muscles off the tee box all weekend (seventh in driving average in the field) and showed excellent touch with his putter on Sunday. 2 and 9 with bogeys at 3, 6 and 8, coming home in blemish-free 1-under, circling the par-5 14th. He was understandably disappointed after signing his scorecard which included three bogeys on the front nine.

Meanwhile, it was a record-breaking week at Erin Hills.

"It was bombs away", he said of his five-under 67 final round. You could hit it far and the fairways were generous enough.

Only Matsuyama, of the top five, really made a run for the title, but Koepka's surge in that back nine proved to be too much for the Japanese to catch up. In the group ahead leader Brooks Koepka didn't slip up. Without a card on any tour when Koepka got out of Florida State, he filled his passport on the Challenge Tour with stamps from Kazakhstan to Kenya, Scotland and Spain, India and the Madeira Island. Harman, who had missed the cut in his four previous major appearances, also thrived with a five-under-par 67.

After days of being humbled, Erin Hills turned nasty for the U.S. Open's final round as heavy winds pummeled the links-style layout, adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major. "This was just such a solid performance to win a championship that will change his life".

"I think I was just more aggressive than in the second round", he said about his third-round 82.

"It is Father's Day, so hopefully - like I said, I didn't get him a card, so I really hope this works", Koepka said.

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