Brooks Koepka came into the tournament as one of the really talented young players, but not a guy we put on the list of the best players not to have won a major like Rickie Fowler. Brooks has had 1 PGA Tour victory in his career, with 4 top tens this year but no victories. Today, he would come into the round down -1 to Justin Thomas whom shot a -9 under round to take the lead late yesterday. After Justin quickly faded, Brooks put together a great round with only 1 bogey and 6 birdies to win by -4 over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama at -12 under.
As the round began with 8 guys within a few strokes of the lead, it looked like we were in for a barn burner down the stretch. But in the end, it was little more than camp fire. With The wind playing a small factor in the scoring today along with the youth at the top finding out how hard it is to close out a Major, it would leave just one that was up for the challenge.
As mentioned, the wind was up today, but not nearly as much as the FoxSports Golf Hosts and Analysts tried to play it out. There were still over 30 rounds under par today and 1 round at -7 under unlike the previous days which we saw multiple rounds of -7 under or better each day. That adds to the overall record of -7 or better rounds in a US Open.
Brooks had been close all week and when the players above him faltered and everyone else faded, he took control. The only player that made a real move today was Hideki Matsuyama who finished at -12 under and was in the clubhouse waiting on the leaders to either run away and hide or fade. His chances were still very limited because of how far he had to come in order to get to that number. Brooks was more than up for the challenge and was able to string together 6 birdies that started on the 1st hole.
Local quasi host Steve Stricker finished at -5 under after barely making the cut. Scottie Scheffler was the low amateur at -1 for the tournament. Both he a Cameron Champ faded today, although Scheffler would finish 1 stroke ahead.
It will be interesting to see what the ratings were for this US Open come Monday when the numbers are released. The Fox crew did much better this year than previous years and the overall production value of the tournament was very much up to standard. That is quite a turnaround since Fox’s first US Open Go Around.
There will be much debate and speculation as to where the USGA goes from here after this event. Was is not up for debate, Brooks Koepka has been on the come Since breaking onto the tour, and his 4 top 10 finishes this year helped prepare him to tackle this challenge. Something else that is important to note, if you look a the American youth on this leaderboard, it is clear that the US Golf Scene is becoming more and more crowded.