A little-known golfer named Brian Harman entered Sunday as the U.S. Open's 54-hole leader at -12, which prompts the question: Who is Brian Harman?
Harman (72) had to settle for a share of second with world number four Hideki Matsuyama, who climbed to 12 under courtesy of a closing 66, while England's Tommy Fleetwood (72) rounded out the top four.
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Thomas equalled the lowest score in major championship history with a stunning 63 on Saturday, a nine-under-par round which was also the lowest in relation to par in a US Open, eclipsing the eight-under 63 shot by Johnny Miller to win at Oakmont in 1973. It was only his second-ever win in the USA, in part because it took Koepka years of playing around the world on lesser Tours to finally make it to the big stage of the PGA Tour.
What he did looked awfully familiar Sunday at Erin Hills, minus any mess involving the rules. I think I hit 17 greens today which was just awesome in these conditions.
He defended his title in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, beating Webb Simpson in a playoff at TPC Scottsdale.
If any doubt remained over who was going to succeed Dustin Johnson as the victor of the year's second major, Koepka ensured his victory was inevitable by rolling in yet another birdie on the par-three 16th.
Winds gusting up to 25mph were making scoring conditions hard and had forced tournament officials to change the pin position on the par-three 13th before play began.
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By the time Matsuyama - six behind at the start of the final round - rolled in his eighth birdie of the day on the 18th, he was just one adrift of Koepka, who had five holes still to complete.
AMATEUR HOUR: Scottie Scheffler was the low amateur, shooting a 73 to finish at 1 under. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open. They each hit their first shot into the rough. He missed the second green with a sand wedge, and he missed a short par putt on No. 4 after he thought he almost chipped in, only for the wind to blow the ball back some 4 feet.
"Today is more like a British Open but they were soft conditions", the Big Easy said. Of all his birdies, that 8-foot par putt might have been as big as any.
It has been 20 years since Els won the U.S. Open at Congressional, when he held off Colin Montgomerie by a stroke.
Spieth had a nice day considering how the winds have picked up at Erin Hills.
"Yeah, no doubt. I thought it was a fantastic round of golf, given what we were dealing with to start the day", the fifth-ranked player in the world said. It featured a silhouette of Palmer in mid-stride, tossing his visor in the air.
Has Brian Harman ever won a professional golf tournament?Spieth has said that he feels that he is striking the ball well, but that he is trying to get more consistent on and around the greens. Palmer shot a 65 after going into the final round trailing by seven shots.
"So you had to play different shots and the wind is really blustery out there".
Fox execs would've preferred Rickie Fowler to be closer to the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.