Brooks Koepka Wins the US Open
It was an amazing day of Golf yesterday at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. The wind was blowing and the Greens were fast. Fox’s coverage had ball trackers and split screens. Which reminded me of my first PGA Tour Golf Computer Game. The tracker in the game had the same ball speed and ball distance tracker.
I remember playing it and being in awe of what Golfers like Brad Faxon, Fred Couples, and Greg Normand could do. I remember that the Game originally came with two Golf Courses with more expansions to come.
I remember playing Pebble Beach and being amazed at how tricky it is. Yesterday all this came back to me as I watched Brooks Koepka take a 4 Stroke Lead and later win the US Open, outright, It was his First Major win too.
Koepka had a great Round; he was playing his best and didn’t crumble under pressure. He is one of those bombers, Golfers that can hit long Fairway drives every time. He has power behind him. He was the best from the Field to hit Greens in Regulation. This guy hit the Fairway nearly every time. The Eagle Putt that he missed on 14 on Saturday was really telling that he could take the lead. Yesterday he had 3 Birdies on the Front 9.
They were all great Putts. Koepka’s only real blemish on the day was a Bogey on the 10th Hole. On the 13th Hole he vowed not to make the same mistake. He made a great Putt to Par the Hole and that was a real turning point for him. He went on to Birdie the three hardest Holes on the Course, the 14th, 15th, and 16th. He was 4 strokes up on the Leader Board with two Holes to go.
At this point Brian Harman was looking to make a run at 1st place. But he unluckily Bogeyed the 12th and 13th. On the 14th it looked like he might still have a chance at as he went on to Birdie it. But he simply ran out of time to make a comeback. Those two Bogey’s really hurt his chances. He wouldn’t catch Koepka, no one would. As Harman tied for 2nd place with Hideki Matsuyama.
Koepka took his time on the last two Holes of the Course. He made sure that he was going to play them straight up and down, without any mistakes. And that is just what he did, Paring both the difficult 17th and the easy 18th. Boy was he ready to finish up. He must have felt the pressure on the 18th with everyone waiting for him. He was tied with the record of most Strokes Under Par for the entire US Open. He ended tied with that record, with Rory McIlroy at -16.
What a Championship this turned out to be, as Brooks Koepka proved he had what it takes to win his very first Major. Congrats Koepka on an amazing 4 Rounds of Golf at the US Open!