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(June 18, 2017 10:20pm)
The final round did not disappoint! The word of the day was “WIND!”– Winds from 15-20 mph gave the players an extra challenge throughout the final round of the 117th US Open.
Erin Hills showed its teeth today, even with the soft conditions that were created from the massive rain that relentlessly drenched spectators during the week.
Tournament action saw the leader Brian Harman, one of the few left-handed players on tour, in the lead at 12 under par. Harman played some phenomenal golf throughout 11 holes, to remain at even par until bogeying both the 12th and 13th, to drop behind by 1 at 11 under par at the time.
Meanwhile, 2 of the 3 players that began the day tied for 2nd at 11 under (ToFleetwood and Justin Thomas) started out with high hopes of catching and overcoming the leader. But just could not mount enough of a charge to get it done. Fleetwood played solidly to end at 11 under in a solo third place finish.
Meanwhile, Justin Thomas couldn’t follow-up his record-setting performance of the day before, struggling to control the ball in the wayward Erin Hills wind. Thomas bogeyed holes 2, 4 and 5 on the front, as well as 13 on the back, to reach 3 over par for the day. This dropped him to minus 8 and his U.S. Open chances dissipated with the wind.
The third person of the trio, Brooks Koepka seemed to be feeling it…navigating the wind; hitting fairways and greens, and posting birdies at holes 1, 2 and 8 on the front and at holes 14, 15 and 16 on the back. These shots resulted in Koepka taking a commanding 4 -shot lead over the field, at 16 under. These birdies would prove to make a big difference for him on this day!
Hideki Matsuyma made a furious charge posting 5 birdies on the back 9, for a 66, which was low round of the day and putting him into the clubhouse with the lead at 12 under par.
Matsuyma showed strong confidence throughout the day making shots that demonstrated how he won the Asian Amateur Championship in 2010 and 2011.
Tour winner, Matsuyma played excellently at the U.S. Open. But, it wouldn’t be enough, as Brooks Koepka caught fire and reeled off three birdies in a row on 14, 15 and 16, to put the tournament out of reach for the other competitors and giving him the winning score of 16 under par.
Brooks Koepka arrived at the 2017 U.S. Open with one career victory on the PGA Tour. He left as a major champion. He’ll also take home a winner’s share of $2.16 million out of the $12 million purse.
Both Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama finished at 12 under par, tied for 2nd place.
Brooks Koepka’s score of 16 under tied low round record to par for a U.S. Open.
Other noteworthy performances include the rookie Xander Schauffele who played to a 3-way tie for 5th place with Bill Haas and Rickie Fowler. Schauffele and Hass both shot 3 under 69’s and Fowler shot an even par 72.
Meet our face on tour and in the crowd. Jeff and Cameron Champ.
Jeff is the father of Amateur Golfer Cameron Champ and he had a terrific time following his son around the course (outside the ropes) this week. Cameron, a native of Sacramento, Calif., is an up-and-coming star on this Tour and most certainly, will take home the prize one day!
Cameron, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday, played the week among some of the best players in the world, where he held his own. Champ qualified for the U.S. Open by finishing T-6 in the Newport Beach, Calif., Sectional. With some impressive shotmaking, he finished up the 177th U.S. Open even par, and in a tie for 32nd place in the 117th U.S. Open.
In chatting with Cameron stated that “The experience was phenomenal this week and I played a practice round with Rory McElroy.”–whom Cameron so happened to out-drive significantly. Cameron also shared with us that during his practice round with Rory, the Northern Irish professional golfer gave him some advice, telling him that his driving distance is a “real advantage,” and that Cameron should use it to his benefit, “because it’s definitely a weapon out here on Tour,” he said Rory told him.
Cameron was number 1 in driving distance for the week, coming in at 334.5 yards. And he said that he’ll continue playing amateur tour events. he is slated to finish his senior year at Texas A&M next year.
With a good-natured, humble, personality and soft-spoken demeanor, Champ lived up to his name during the tournament, making strokes that surprised many spectators.
On Friday, completing the second round, he was a part of the hunt and actually, leading the field in driving distance. He’s a long hitter, and that’s something that can take golfers that know how to control the ball, a long way in tournament play. At this year’s Open, golf fans all around Erin Hills are noticing Champ. His 6-foot frame is full of substance and power.
In my opinion, regarding Cameron, I’ll say that the Tour should get ready for this young man….he’s got the game to be there right now!
Well, it was a great week of golf at the 117th U.S. Open and we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did—Catch you on the next round!
Here is a breakdown of the prize money for the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, including the winner’s share for Brooks Koepka, which is a record $2.16 million:
Total purse: $12 million
1st: $2.16 million
2nd: $1.3 million
Note: Purse breakdown for professionals returning 72-hole scores. All ties shall be rounded to the nearest dollar with any remainders increasing or decreasing the final paid position. $10,000 each will be awarded to the 76 professionals who missed the cut.