Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

Spieth watches on as friends Thomas and Fowler go for US Open glory

This has been quite the confidence-building experience for the 20 year-old who plays at Texas.

It just wasn't enough to faze Koepka. Harman said, "I can't take anything away from how well he played", and, "You've got to tip your cap; he won the golf tournament on the back nine", and, "If you'd have told me I was going to shoot 12 under in the U.S. Open and not win, I'd have taken that bet, that's for sure". Rory McIlroy joked earlier in the week that anyone who couldn't hit such wide fairways "might as well pack your bags and go home". There were 133 subpar rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open. He had been on the road for so long, in so many different countries, and was feeling lonely. He only shot 75, with just one birdie. Rickie Fowler (72 for 278) never managed to click through the gears.

Matsuyama has two holes left, compared to six for Koepka and seven for Harman.

His sister, Callie, served as his caddie at Erin Hills. I thought that was pretty amusing: The U.S. Open is coming and you can't get on. He parred the next five holes before adding another birdie at the eighth to get to 14-under for the tournament.

And for a player who took that most un-American of decisions to develop his game elsewhere - in his case on the PGA European Tour - the American's homecoming party was all the sweeter for the hugely impressive way he fashioned victory in this 117th US Open at Erin Hill. "I think it's an awesome golf course". "I was very, very impressed at the job the USGA did this week", said Spieth. USGA executive director Mike Davis said that "in a few months, we're going to name another tried-and-true". Junior Amateur. On Sunday, he picked up his sixth top-10 finish and third top-3 finish since joining the PGA Tour in 2012. The two new ones they have played recently [Chambers Bay and Erin Hills] aren't as good as the older style courses like Shinnecock, Winged Foot, Oakmont and Congressional. For most others, it was being careless off the tee and facing the rigorous test of recovering.

"I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday all of the way through today". "I gave it my best, but Brooks played so well". Matsuyama, who is still trying to earn his first major, made a messy bogey on the par-4 15th hole after hitting his drive in the fescue.

THE BIG EASY: Weekend rain softened the greens at Erin Hills. But the low scoring went much deeper than that. The pilot, the only one aboard the blimp operated by Florida-based AirSign, was being treated for injuries.

"I learned a lot this week", he said.

On the golf course, there was only a barrage of birdies. But as Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, was congratulating him after he walked off the 18th green, FOX Sports announcer Joe Buck made the mistake of identifying Sims as Koepka's ex-girlfriend, Becky Edwards.

It wasn't the week the 30-year old had in mind, but he believes that an excellent putting performance in the final round, coupled with some improved form in the recent BMW PGA and the Memorial Tournament, bodes well for his trip to the $7m HNA Open de France next week and the upcoming links tests at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and The Open.

"You don't often see that in a U.S. Open", Hadwin said.

Koepka - like Jason Day, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker and Sergio Garcia - is a bridesmaid no more. His ball landed on the green and only rolled out about 10 feet.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open victor, shot a 69 to claw back to one-over.

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