Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach, Fla., tied golf history on Sunday in winning the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Wis. Koepka shot a four-round score of -16 to tie him with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland for the best tournament score ever at the U.S. Open.
McIlroy set the record initially when he won the 2011 U.S. Open at Bethesda, Md. McIlroy dominated the tournament at the Congressional Country Club Blue Course six years ago when he beat Australia's Jason Day by eight strokes. When McIlroy won his first of four career majors near the American capital city, he was in complete control of the tournament after 36 holes. After the second round, he was at -11 and six strokes up on Y.E. Yang of South Korea.
The 2017 U.S. Open was different. Koepka only took control of the tournament on the back nine of the fourth round. Heading into Sunday's round, Koepka was at -11 and one stroke back of Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga. However, after Harman bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes, it became Koepka's tournament to win and the 22nd ranked player in the world seized the moment. He collected three straight birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to go from -13 to -16. Harman and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama tied for second at -12.