2017 U.S. Open leaderboard breakdown: Scores, Round 4 coverage, golf highlights
The final leaderboard scores and updates from the 117th U.S. Open golf championship at Erin Hills
After starting the day one stroke off the pace, Brooks Koepka birdied his first two holes and dropped a 67 to win the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills at 16 under, tying Rory McIlroy (2011) for the lowest score relative to par in tournament history. The dominance of the final round shook up what had been a crowded leaderboard throughout the weekend, and his first-time winner status continued a streak we've seen in majors that dates back to Jason Day's breakthrough at the 2015 PGA Championship.
While the top three players in the world missed the cut, Koepka showed in his U.S. Open win reasons to believe that he can join the Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy tier sooner than many expected. More than just a rising American star, Koepka has proven he's got the potential to be a multi-time major winner for years to come.
Here's the way the top of the leaderboard shook out on Sunday afternoon at Erin Hills, starting with your new major champion:
1. Brooks Koepka (-16): As Koepka was bounding about the second nine at Erin Hills and running away from the pack, it was eerily similar to the way Dustin Johnson worked his way around Oakmont a year ago on the way to his first major win. The challenge now will be matching the expectations that will be placed on him moving forward. Koepka is no longer a rising star; he's a record-setting major champion just now taking his place among the growing group of young stars set to dominate this sport for the years to come.
T2. Brian Harman (-12): The tournament changed around the 12th and 13th hole as Harman ended up with bogeys while Koepka began a run of three straight birdies in the group ahead of him. As the roars began to grow, the battle of long hitter vs. tactician faded. Still, the 2017 season is already one to remember for Harman, a great ball-striking lefty who has parlayed his strong play during a win at the Wells Fargo into U.S. Open title contention. Now up near the top-10 of the FedEx Cup standings, he'll be a name to watch when the playoffs start later this year.
T2. Hideki Matsuyama (-12): While the top three players in the world missed the cut, Matsuyama (No. 4), showed world-class stuff down the stretch. Hideki started the tournament a full nine shots behind the lead after his 74 on Thursday but proceeded to put together two stellar rounds over the next three days with his 65 on Friday and 66 on Sunday in order to push Koepka for the title.
4. Tommy Fleetwood (-11): Could this have been a career-changing week for Fleetwood? The English star is having a second revival of sorts this season, beating Johnson in Abu Dhabi in January, finishing as the runner up at the World Golf Championship in Mexico and now notching his first-ever top-10 finish in a major at Erin Hills.
T5. Rickie Fowler (-10): Even though his finish wasn't as high as the T2 in Pinehurst in 2014, Fowler's 2017 run through Erin Hills will probably be the one that many consider his closest shot at winning. Martin Kaymer ran away from everyone from the start of the final round in 2014, and by the time Koepka hit the gas pedal on Sunday, Fowler had already started his slide. For three rounds, Fowler was able to rebound from missed fairways and greens with his putter, and then on Sunday those birdie putts just stopped falling.
T5. Xander Schauffele (-10): You might not be able to pronounce his name, but you should probably learn since the PGA Tour rookie has shown he is going to be around for a while with his play at Erin Hills. Schauffele ranked in the top-15 among players in the field in putts, driving distance, fairways hit and greens in regulation for the tournament, closing out his U.S. Open debut in three birdies on the final five holes.
T5. Bill Haas (-10): I don't think we mentioned Haas' name enough considering the golf he put together over the last three days (68-68-69). Haas carded only two bogeys across the final three rounds and was locked in from tee-to-green, hitting 84 percent of his fairways and 81 percent of greens in regulation. The T5 finish is the best major finish for the 35-year old former FedEx Cup champion.
8. Charley Hoffman (-9): For a player who was so locked in for most of the week, Hoffman surprised with some really bad holes along the way that kept him from ever really looking like the potential winner. On Saturday, he followed five birdies on the first nine with three bogeys on the back and on Sunday there was a triple bogey No. 8 sent him free-falling down the leaderboard. All-in-all, it's a great showing for Hoffman, a player who has made a habit of hanging around at majors since his T9 finish at the Masters in 2015.
T9. Brandt Sneaker (-8): Almost everything was great about Snedeker's weekend except the finish. While 18 was there for the taking for other players, he finished both Round 3 and Round 4 with a bogey on the final hole. Those strokes wouldn't have helped him catch Koepka (no one was catching Koepka), but a really strong week of sub-par golf should be a great sign for Snedeker moving forward in 2017.
T9. Trey Mullinax (-8): A bogey at No. 13 and a double-bogey at No. 15 are probably going to stick with Mullinax, but the good news is that the 24-year-old will have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself at U.S. Open's in the future. The former Alabama Crimson Tide product bounced back from four straight missed cuts to finish T18 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and kept it rolling here at Erin Hills in what was definitely the best finish of his young professional career.
T9. Justin Thomas (-8): The lingering memory from Thomas' 2017 U.S. Open will always be his 63 on Saturday, not only because of its historical relevance but because things got real shaky on Sunday in a hurry as he played his way out of contention. JT had three bogeys and two pars in his first five holes and went on to miss a ton of greens en route to a 75.
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