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

Xander Schauffele waves on the sixth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

Xander Schauffele waves on the sixth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday

Jun 18, 2017; Erin, WI, USA; Steve Stricker plays his shot from the eighth fairway during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills.

Fleetwood, who was hoping to follow in the footsteps of 1970 victor Tony Jacklin and 2013 champion Justin Rose, held a share of second place on 11 under par alongside Americans Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas.

Here is what Justin Thomas of Louisville had to say Sunday after shooting a 3-over par 75 to finish 8-under at the U.S. Open and eight shots behind the victor after he had posted a U.S. Open record 63 on Saturday.

It was the seventh consecutive major captured by a first-time victor, including now at the past three U.S. Opens - with Jordan Spieth winning at Chambers Bay in 2015, and Dustin Johnson at Oakmont previous year.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Brooks Koepka had a birdie putt on every hole and made three of them to build a one-shot lead after nine holes Sunday in the U.S. Open. It became a two-man contest for the next four holes between Koepla and Brian Harman.

His only dropped shot of the day came at the 10th hole, but he regained momentum on 11 and carded a masterful up-and-down birdie from the sand on the par-five 14th hole to put himself two-shots clear of clubhouse leader Hideki Matsuyama.

Koepka carried a one-stroke lead into the back nine after a birdie at No. 8, but quickly fell back into a tie with Harman.

Matsuyama's 12-under left him one back of Koepka as the latter stood on the 14th tee. He finished tied for 13th in last year's U.S Open at Oakmont Country Club and finished tied for 11th during the Masters earlier this year, with back-to-back Top 5 finishes in the PGA Championship to his name. But back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 caused him to slip while Koepka was surging ahead.

The 26-year-old, playing in his second US Open, carded a one-under 71 to improve to five under. As Harman began to fade, Koepka poured it on with birdies over the next three holes, lightly pumping his fist after each one. 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. Actually, Koepka started the week in 25th position in the Sony World rankings.

The good news for the pair is perhaps this first-time majors thing is going to be a lasting trend.

Highlights of Brooks Koepka's superb final-round 66 that earned him a comfortable four-shot victory at the US Open.

One night in Scotland, he called his agent and wanted to come home, even though he was leading the tournament.

The race for low amateur at the U.S. Open is down to Cameron Champ's last two holes.

"I'm glad the fairways were wide, but there were some really hard holes out there, and I'm glad I played as well as I did", he said.

The 28-year-old ended tied for fifth with fellow Americans Bill Haas and Xander Schauffele and was satisfied with a seventh top-10 finish at a major.

But this week, among his peers, Koepka was certainly considered a viable contender with his ability to overpower even the biggest courses - and Erin Hills was the U.S. Open's longest layout ever at almost 7,800 yards.

Not even the wind could stop the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills. Rickie Fowler (72 for 278) never managed to click through the gears.

The PGA Tour now turns its attentions to the Travelers Championship which gets underway on Thursday.

"Yeah, I mean there's probably not that much that's that interesting to be honest", said Koepka.

"It will be exciting", said Spieth, who has spent the annual Spring Break holiday with Thomas and Fowler for the last two years. "So I think that was kind of the changing point of the round for me".

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