Brooks Koepka had a birdie putt on every hole and made three of them to build a one-shot lead after nine holes Sunday in the U.S. Open.
Koepka became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years. His first ever major championship also ties for the lowest score under par at a U.S. Open.
A changing of golf's old guard has been underway for some time but the 117th U.S. Open signalled that it can be considered complete with neither Phil Mickelson and/or Tiger Woods teeing up at major for the first time since the 1994 U.S. Masters.
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"I made the birdie right there at 14. then (Koepka) birdied 14, 15, 16", Harman said, "and that was kind of lights out". "No regrets, but I did play well".
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"Maybe something happens in the next couple of months, win something to get into it for next year", Els added.
Henderson won twice previous year, taking the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major, and successfully defending her title in the Cambia Portland Classic. "The conditions were so tough", Harman said.
Trailing by three shots at the 17th hole, Harman desperately needed to make a long birdie putt to keep alive his faint championship hopes.
Just don't mention that to some of the best players in the world. He was tied for the lead to begin the day. "But there's way too many holes out here where one bad shot could be a double bogey quickly". Out of a bunker at the 14th, a taking-dead-aim second at the 15th, and another straight over the flagstick at the 16th - three birdies in loud exclamation of his arrival among golf's elite.
Harman's chances ended with two straight bogeys, and a bogey on the par-5 18th hole gave him a 72 and a tie for second with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who closed with a 66.
"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said.
Of the early players, Jordan Spieth is one of the few that is under par for the day.
More startling than the low scores was smoke rising from about a half-mile away when a commercial blimp, not affiliated with the tournament, crashed into a field and burst into flames. His lead was an unassailable four. I thought the USGA did a fantastic job coming back this year, and I know that they really wanted to.