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Brooks Koepka of the US hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round at the 117th US Open Championship at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wisconsin, USA, 18 June 2017. The tournament will be played 15 June thorough 18 June. Photo: Backpagepix

Brooks Koepka wins 117th US Open Championship

Brooks Koepka produced a back-nine birdie blitz to win the US Open here Sunday, becoming the seventh consecutive first-time winner of a major with a record-equalling victory at Erin Hills by four strokes.

The 27-year-old from Florida fired a five-under-par final round 67 to finish on 16 under for the tournament following a tense duel with compatriot Brian Harman that was settled on the home stretch at the rural Wisconsin course.

Koepka’s 16-under-par total equalled the record for the lowest winning under par total at a US Open set by Rory McIlroy at the 2011 championship.

Third round leader Brian Harman, who had led by one-shot at the start of the round, finished second on 12 under after an even-par 72. He tied with Japanese world number four Hideki Matsuyama who shot a superb six-under-par 66.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood was alone in fourth place on 11 under after a level-par final round of 72.

Harman and Koepka spent much of the round locked at the top of the leaderboard.

But the turning point in a gripping war of nerves came just after the turn when Harman struggled through back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th.

Read the full story on eNCA here

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