US Open 2017 Review

American Brooks Koepka equalled the US Open’s lowest winning score of 16 under par, as he claimed his first major at Erin Hills last month.

Koepka registered three successive birdies from the 14th as he matched the best winning score set by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in 2011.

In the process, Koepka became the seventh consecutive first-time major winner, dating back to Jason Day’s PGA Championship triumph in 2015.

Day was part of an unwelcome statistic on this occasion, as for the first time since world rankings were introduced in 1986, the top three, Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and Day, all missed the cut at a major.

In fact, the only men in the world’s top ten to significantly challenge at Erin Hills were Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler, two more players yet to taste success in one of the four big prizes in golf.

The best performance from a British point of view saw Tommy Fleetwood, ranked 33rd in the world, finish fourth on 11 under.

The 26-year-old from Southport had threatened to steal the show in only his second US open, but was unable to keep up with Koepka on the front nine on the final day.

Elsewhere, Eddie Pepperell finished five under, while Paul Casey’s challenge dwindled as he ended up two under despite being in a four-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage.

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