Brooks Koepka wins US Open to secure first-ever major championship

Elliott and Koepka embrace after winning the US Open

Elliott and Koepka embrace after winning the US Open

Brooks Koepka holds up the U.S. Open trophy following the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Erin Hills.

Koepka took his time on the last two Holes of the Course.

That victory five years ago at Royal Latham was his last tour win.

"Exhausted of travelling", Koepka said.

As Koepka picked up momentum, Harman began to lose steam. Koepka had been on the punishing Challenge Tour schedule, taking in events from Kazakhstan to Kenya.

But Koepka made a decision to stay and win the tournament in Scotland, earning his chance to play on the European Tour.

And he was ready to come home.

"I don't want to say homesick".

"I think it's awesome", Niebrugge said.

It all came together this week for the talented Koepka, who said he practiced patience and it paid off. "Even though I had the lead, I just wanted to get out". "I just think Brooks went out and won the tournament".

He stayed. He won.

Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine and matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under.

2 His girlfriend, who was seen celebrating with him at Erin Hills, is actress Jena Sims who has been in films alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas. He has power behind him.

"I kept telling people past year after the Ryder Cup, when Brooks figures out how good he is, he's going to be a world beater", said Snedeker, who tied for ninth place at minus-8.

The buddies who shared a house near Erin Hills also shared the misery during a wind-swept final round in which they never got themselves into the mix.

Following his four-shot victory in the early hours on Monday morning, Koepka became the seventh successive first-time Major champion.

I've been trying to win so badly. His tie for 12th there earned him status on the European Tour, where his success ultimately earned him a path back to America.

England's Tommy Fleetwood was unable to keep pace with playing partner Koepka, carding a final round 72 to end fourth on 11-under.

The flag commemorated the late Arnold Palmer's win at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills.

It was a unique U.S. Open.

Tied with Koepka at 13 under, Harman missed his par putt at the par-4 12th to fall a shot off the lead. "The shots he hit down the stretch, you can't describe how hard some of them are", Fleetwood said of his playing partner. "It's a major and I gave myself a chance to win". Koepka won the Turkish Airlines Open in 2014 over Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.

And that's been it in the big leagues, though he has done well enough to make the Ryder Cup team previous year (going 3-1-0 in his matches). Koepka had only won one title on the PGA Tour since turning professional in 2012.

"I know he has a lot of European Tour friends", Schofield added. "It's one of those things".

"To be honest, I'm not a big golf nerd", Koepka said in 2015. I mean, that's great.

"That's probably one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and to do it on Father's Day was pretty neat".

He joined the PGA Tour in 2014 and made the US team for the 2016 Ryder Cup, where he posted a 3-1 record.

Besides the enigmatic Fowler and Matsuyama, the top ten was made up from a collection of American journeymen and those with more promise than fame, in Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.