This week's winners and losers from the 117th U.S. OpentheScore — Michael deCourcy
The season's second major championship is in the books, with Brooks Koepka taking home the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Here are this week's winners and losers:
While others faded on Sunday at Erin Hills, Koepka seized the moment by making just one bogey in his round, and closed with a 67 to claim his first major title. The 27-year-old was brilliant all tournament, missing just 10 greens for the week, ranked fourth in fairways hit, and seventh in driving distance. Oh, and he also tied the U.S. Open 72-hole record for most strokes under par, posting 16-under par for the tournament.
The Northern Irishman is never scared to chirp back when criticized publicly or on social media, and roasted another critic on Friday evening. This time it was former PGA champion Steve Elkington criticizing McIlroy, saying the world No. 2 was "bored playing golf." McIlroy, however, fired back after Elkington kept at it, and eventually provided the knockout blow to the Aussie.
That's why jack designed 100's of golf courses... and it's knew... mustn't have taught grammar in the 50's....— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) June 17, 2017
Saturday's 3rd round
The third round at Erin Hills was filled with excitement, providing one of the great days at the U.S. Open since the Monday playoff in 2008 at Torrey Pines. Patrick Reed started the party midway through his round, making seven birdies in 11 holes, and had a chance to tie the lowest round in relation to par at an Open on 18, but just missed. One hour later, Justin Thomas didn't just tie the record, he broke it, making eagle at the home hole for a 9-under-par 63. After the dust settled with Thomas, Brian Harman quietly shot 67 to grab the 54-hole lead, while Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, and Rickie Fowler shot 4-under-par 68s.
No. 9 at Erin Hills
It was the shortest hole this week at the U.S. Open, but the 165-yard par-3 ninth claimed many golfers at Erin Hills, and ranked as the sixth toughest hole.
The top 3
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day were two-and-out at Erin Hills, with only McIlroy showing some signs of life late on Day 2, birdying four of his last six holes. It was the first time ever that a major championship didn't having any of the world's top three golfers play the weekend.
Fowler came into Sunday with a great opportunity to finally win his first major title, but it never happened. The 28-year-old made some questionable decisions in the final round, hitting 3-wood off the tee at eight, and hitting a poor layup at No. 14, leading to a bogey. The dropped shot essentially ended his chances to win the tournament.
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