Brooks Koepka was holding steady in buffeting winds, powering to a one-shot lead in the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday with nine holes to play. After kicking off in 65-73-68, the California native began in solo 5th, two shy of 54-hole leader Brian Harman.
Koepka took it from there - a victory in Turkey against a strong field, his first PGA Tour victory in the Phoenix Open, his first Ryder Cup and now a major championship. He got off to the ideal start with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first and a tee shot just short of the green on the 338-yard second hold, leading to a simple up-and-down for another birdie.
Paul Casey rode a roller-coaster to the second-round clubhouse lead at the U.S. Open on Friday, surviving a hair-raising trip that included a gut-wrenching triple-bogey and a thrilling run of five straight birdies at the Erin Hills course in Wisconsin.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot a 1-under 71 Friday to get to 3 under, said, "I think the greens are getting US Open-like, but not as firm as they're going to get if we don't get any rain".
Justin Thomas realized he could not even hope to have another day like the one he enjoyed on Saturday when he set a U.S. Open record and was a national sensation.
Yet the leader immediately got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker at the par-five 14th and then picked up another shot at 15, which played as the hardest hole on the course on Sunday, to move three clear with as many holes to play.
"Yeah, I've never been a big, big man in any sport I've played", he said.
Xander Schauffele had never made a bogey in the U.S. Open until the par-3 ninth hole at Erin Hills.
Forget group win over Pakistan, Kohli warns before final
India , however, does have an upper hand since Pakistan usually is on the losing side against India in ICC tournaments . But it will not be a one-sided final and there will be a fine contest between India and Pakistan .
Another warm, dry day is drying out the course, and the players are noticing a difference. He was 2 under at the turn, and then really poured it on when he hit the back nine. He didn't make a birdie the rest of the way and had to settle for a 70. "There's one on every hole".
Meanwhile, Ernie Els' twenty-year exemption at the tournament has come to an end and the South African was also full of praise for the venue saying it "deserved" another US Open.
"Third round I was just a little frustrated, especially after I started". And I feel, even though it's very disappointing to not be here on the weekend, these last two rounds will serve me well going into the summer.
While the top three players in the world missed the cut, Koepka showed in his U.S. Open win reasons to believe that he can join the Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy tier sooner than many expected. Players noticed firmer greens that were allowing putts to race past the hole.
Day landed on eight and nine fairways in the first and second rounds, posting scores of 79 and 75. Starting on the back nine, he exchanged a birdie on 11 with a bogey on 12.
Tonight marked the first time since the world rankings were created in 1986 that the top three ranked golfers on the planet missed the cut at a US Open though. And once Koepka made his third straight birdie at 16, Harman knew his championship chase was over.
Seven under led after round one and seven under leads after round two, with the weather expected at the weekend, seven under would probably win the tournament.