Koepka in control and with a 1-shot lead at US Open

Brooks Koepka hoists the US Open trophy after dominating the back nine at Erin Hills. Sure, golf immortality as a major champion, but a hefty $2.16 million to the victor is a nice bit of change.

Rickie Fowler, arguably the sport's most popular golfer without a major title to his name, has the 2017 U.S. Open within reach and isn't stopping yet.

Koepka became the third straight American to win the title.

Summerhays will continue his current string of eight straight tour events, including the U.S. Open, with two more stops.

Koepka turned in a supreme display, making three successive birdies from the 14th to stamp his authority.

Elsewhere, Masters victor Sergio Garcia couldn't parlay his first major victory into a second and never made a Sunday charge despite shooting under par in each of the first three rounds.

The resulting birdie reduced his deficit to playing partner Koepka to four shots, Koepka having followed birdies on the first and second with another from 35 feet on the eighth. Unable to get up and down Harman bogeyed to leave Koepka clear on 13 under.

Hideki Matsuyama fires his approach into the 18th green. His round of 66 was over almost 90 minutes before Koepka strolled to the 18th green, with the tournament all but wrapped up.

"It's unbelievable. I don't know what to say right now but it's pretty cool", Koepka said.

"Taking nothing away, nine under is incredible with US Open pressure", the 70-year-old told GolfChannel.com. If there's no wind and soft greens, we're going to play well.

Cameron Champ, the only other amateur to make the cut, shot a 76 to finish at even par. Koepka got there on the 16th, a par-3 that also didn't accentuate his power advantage.

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Matsuyama did his best to back-door his way into contention, shooting 6-under 66 to shoot up the leaderboard after starting the day six strokes off the lead.

The 20-year-old Scheffler birdied No. 18 to finish off a 1-over 73.

One of the University of Texas junior's goals is to play in the Walker Cup on September 9-10 at Los Angeles Country Club.

And the prime beneficiary was Thomas, who catapulted up the leaderboard with his record-breaking nine-under 63.

Fleetwood began the day in a tie for second and made an encouraging start with a birdie from eight feet on the second.

It was a much different scene than Saturday, when Thomas matched a major record with a 63.

He steadied his hands and sank the shot to record the lowest score in relation to par in US Open history. Last year, it bungled the supposed rules infraction by Dustin Johnson and the year before, it lost the greens at Chambers Bay. It's a score that would've won all but two of the previous 116 renditions of the U.S. Open.

His play this past fall in the Ryder Cup when the US whipped Europe, where he said he had never felt more pressure, helped him immensely.

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. He'll move from his present rank of No. 22 in the official world rankings into the top 12.

The pair were sharing a house at Erin Hills but neither one will go home happy.

Spieth used that as motivation and opened with a birdie on No. 1 and said to his caddie, "Fifteen more". Then he ended the drama on a hole that exemplified the nuanced strategy of a course with 50-yard-wide fairways. Two down, 14 to go.



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