American golfer Brooks Koepka held firm against buffeting winds to claim a four-shot victory at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin and become the latest in a growing line of first time major winners.
The muscular American, who started the day one back of the lead, tamed his nerves and a wind-whipped Erin Hills carding six birdies, including two to kick-start his round, against a single bogey for a five-under 67 to finish four clear of compatriot Brian Harman (72) and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (66).
Koepka’s winning total of 16-under equals the lowest score to par for a U.S. Open, matching Rory McIlroy’s victory at Congressional in 2011.
It also marks the seventh consecutive major that has crowned a first time winner.
Koepka, who had just one PGA Tour win on his resume coming into the championship, inherits the trophy from good friend and world number one Dustin Johnson.