Brooks Koepla won a record-setting U.S. Open with a score of 16 under par on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis. He was tied for the lead to begin the day. He was in the lead or in second place the rest of the way.
This U.S. Open was record-setting even before the tournament was over. It was the first time the top three players in the world failed to make the cut. Justin Thomas shot a record score of a nine-under par 63 in the third round on Saturday.
The field for the final round was close as the day began. Four golfers were tied for the lead, and nine were within four shots of the lead. The scores remained close among the top five places for the first 10 holes. It became a two-man contest for the next four holes between Koepla and Brian Harman. Koepla pulled away to a four-stroke lead after a birdie on the 16th hole.
Hideki Matsuyama was the highest ranked golfer remaining in the field. The number-four player in the world made a charge during the middle of the final 18 holes. He began the round six shots behind. Matsuyama came to within two shots of the lead with two holes left to play in his round.
However, Koepla did not flounder with a par on the 17th and on 18 to finish out the round. Koepla claims his first major victory with the U.S. Open title. It was fitting this year that the 16 under par score tied a record for lowest in U.S. Open history.
Written By D.T. Osborn
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