Brooks Koepka won the US Open by four shots. 
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“It’s unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say right now,” Koepka said as he accepted his trophy. “To get the calls and text messages I did last night was pretty special — everybody just giving me a piece of advice, just stick to what I’ve done and that’s what I did today. I felt so confident out there, it was great.”

Matsuyama did his best to back-door his way into contention, shooting 6-under 66 to shoot up the leaderboard after starting the day six strokes off the lead. Matsuyama birdied No. 18 to close within one shot of Koepka with five holes to play, but Koepka turned on the afterburners late Sunday. He carded three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16 to create plenty of distance between himself and the rest of the field.

“You’ve got to tip your cap,” said Harman, who tied Matsuyama for second at 12-under. “He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine.”

Erin Hills had been wide open all tournament long, with light winds and soft conditions leading to new records for birdies, low rounds, and players under par. Koepka’s 16-under tied Rory McIlroy for the lowest score in relation to par in US Open history, and Koepka is just the third US Open winner to finish double digits below par (Tiger Woods). This year was also the first time that the runner-up finished double digits below par (the top seven on this year’s leaderboard all did so).

But Erin Hills, hosting its first major championship, finally played like a US Open course on Sunday, with 20-25 mile per hour winds wreaking havoc on the tee box and playing like the difficult links-style course that the United States Golf Association envisioned when it booked the event.

One by one the contenders dropped off Sunday afternoon. Harman, the leader after the third round, only carded one birdie on the front and then fell out of contention with back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13. Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed, and Si Woo Kim only managed even-par or worse.

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Justin Thomas, who shot a US Open-record 9-under 63 on Saturday, shot 75 and finished tied for ninth. Rickie Fowler, near the top of the leaderboard since Thursday’s opening round, struggled with his putter and couldn’t string enough birdies together, shooting even par and finishing tied for fifth.

That left only Koepka and Matsuyama, who shot the two lowest rounds of the day.

“It made me feel a lot better seeing Brooks shoot 5-under,” Thomas said. “I would have had to play some pretty spectacular golf to catch him.”

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.

Brooks Koepka (born May 3, 1990) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Ranked inside the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he chose a different route than other young Americans to get mainstay status on the PGA Tour, by starting his career on the European Challenge Tour and eventually the European Tour.

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He played collegiate golf at Florida State University.

Koepka claimed his first major championship by winning the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

 Koepka was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and raised in Lake Worth, Florida. He attended Cardinal Newman High School. He played college golf at Florida State University, where he won three events and was a three-time All-American. He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open while still an amateur, but missed the cut.

In the summer of 2012, Koepka turned professional and began playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe. He won his first title in September at the Challenge de Catalunya. In 2013 he had his second victory on the Challenge Tour, winning the 2013 Montecchia Golf Open . He followed this a month later with his third win, the Fred Olsen Challenge de España, where he set the tournament record, 260 (−24), and won by a record 10 strokes. Three weeks later he had his third win of the year at the Scottish Hydro Challenge. With those three wins, he earned his European Tour card for the remainder of the 2013 season and for the full 2014 season. The day after his third Challenge Tour win of 2013, Koepka qualified for the 2013 Open Championship. Koepka made his debut as a member of the European Tour (he played in three events prior to promotion to membership) at the Scottish Open, finishing T12.

In his first event of the 2014 PGA Tour, Koepka led after the second and third rounds of the Frys.com Open. He finished tied for third. At the U.S. Open, he collected a fourth-place finish, which earned him his PGA Tour card for the 2014–15 season and his first Masters invitation. Later he ended 15th at the PGA Championship. He was nominated for the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award. On the 2014 European Tour, Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open and finished third at the Dubai Desert Classic and Omega European Masters, and ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He ranked 8th in the 2014 Race to Dubai rankings and was named the European Tour’s Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.

On February 1, 2015, Koepka won his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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In the summer of 2015, Koepka was pretty consistent and found himself in contention on multiple occasions. At the 2015 Open Championship, Koepka improved every day and a final round 68 vaulted him into a tie for 10th at the Old Course at St Andrews. The very next week, Koepka was tied for fourth after 54 holes at theRBC Canadian Open but a final round 74 pushed him down to a tie for 18th at the Glen Abbey Golf Course. He then tied for 6th at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tied for 5th at the 2015 PGA Championship.

In 2015, Koepka chose to give up his European Tour membership.

In 2017, Koepka won his first major championship by claiming the U.S. Open title at Erin Hills Koepka’s win tied him for the record of the lowest U.S. Open score at 16 under (tied with Rory McIlroy‘s 2011 record).

Personal life

Koepka’s brother Chase is also a professional golfer.

Koepka was recently in a relationship with professional soccer player Becky Edwards, but they broke up when Edwards returned to Sweden in 2017 to play professional soccer. At the 2017 U.S. Open it was announced that Koepka is dating actress Jena Sims.

Amateur wins (1)

  • 2009 Rice Planters Amateur

Professional wins (8)

PGA Tour wins (2)

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Feb 1, 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open −15 (71-68-64-66=269) 1 stroke
Japan
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Hideki Matsuyama,
United States
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Ryan Palmer

United States
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Bubba Watson
2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes
United States
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Brian Harman,
Japan
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Hideki Matsuyama

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson
Spain
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Sergio García
Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (2)

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Major championships (1)
Race to Dubai finals series (1)
Other European Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 16, 2014 Turkish Airlines Open −17 (69-67-70-65=271) 1 stroke
England
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Ian Poulter
2 Jun 18, 2017 U.S. Open −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes
United States
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Brian Harman,
Japan
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Hideki Matsuyama

Challenge Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 30, 2012 Challenge de Catalunya −16 (68-67-65=200) 3 strokes
Italy
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Alessandro Tadini
2 May 5, 2013 Montecchia Golf Open −23 (66-67-62-66=261) 7 strokes
Spain
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Agustin Domingo
3 Jun 2, 2013 Fred Olsen Challenge de España −24 (64-66-64-66=260) 10 strokes
Spain
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Luis Claverie,
France
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Édouard Dubois,

Germany
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Bernd Ritthammer
4 Jun 23, 2013 Scottish Hydro Challenge −18 (70-66-62-68=266) 3 strokes
South Korea
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An Byeong-hun,
Italy
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Andrea Pavan,

England
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Steven Tiley,
England
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Sam Walker

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Nov 20, 2016 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −21 (65-70-63-65=263) 1 stroke
Japan
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Yuta Ikeda

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2017 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit −16 (67-70-68-67=272) 4 strokes
United States
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Brian Harman,
Japan
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Hideki Matsuyama

Results timeline

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T33 T21 T11
U.S. Open CUT DNP T4 T18 T13 1
The Open Championship DNP CUT T67 T10 DNP  
PGA Championship DNP T70 T15 T5 T4  
Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
U.S. Open 1 0 0 2 2 4 5 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 2 2 3 4 4
Totals 1 0 0 4 5 9 15 13
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (2013 PGA – 2017 U.S. Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2015 Open – 2015 PGA)

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship T17 T23 T48
Match Play T17 QF R16
Bridgestone Invitational T6 WD  
HSBC Champions DNP T40