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Koepka conquers Erin Hills, wins 117th U.S. Open

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ERIN, WI - Brooks Koepka becomes the first ever U.S. Open winner on Wisconsin soil after a final round of five-under.  His first ever major championship also ties for the lowest score under par at a U.S. Open.

"I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday all of the way through today. Ball striking was pretty solid, it had to be today especially with the wind. And I got hot with the putter," Koepka said.

Koepka prior to today labeled himself as an underachiever.

"I had won once on the PGA Tour, once on the European Tour. And I felt like I've put myself into contention so many times, and I don't want to say I got unlucky. I felt like it never fully came together," Koepka said.

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker fires a three-under 69 on each of the final two days of the championship, finishing at five-under and in 16th place.

"You know at the start of the week I thought five-under would maybe win this thing and I was pretty far off," Stricker said.  "There were so many cool moments. Walking up to every tee box and every green. Just the qualifier itself was a huge thing for me just that I made it was a relief that I wanted to be here so bad. And then the reception and all of the support I got all week long was unbelievable."

Stricker says he'll keep playing majors as long as he can get in them.   He's in the British Open field and felt he'd also qualify for this season's PGA Championship.


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