Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

It seemed as though fans waiting to watch their regularly scheduled U.S. Open bloodbath would finally get their wish.

Koepka was the first to strike, making a birdie on the first to go to 12 under and take a share of the lead. "Someone has a very good chance at ending up with their first major".

"That's awesome", Koepka said. "It's definitely a special moment".

"I should have made that up-and-down on 18, " a grinning Koepka, 27, said.

"It was really cool".

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Koepka was one shot behind Brian Harman going into the final day at Wisconsin but handled the windy conditions superbly and managed to finish on 16-under par, three shots ahead of second-placed Harman, whose hunt for a first career major goes on. He stayed at four-under par for the tournament with an even 72.

"Down the stretch Brooks was brilliant", said a sporting Fleetwood, who played alongside Koepka.

Any time you go home from a golf tournament with a million-dollar cheque there's usually a trophy to go along with it.

It was Matsuyama's best finish in a major, another high in a topsy-turvy season.

Koepka was also tied for fourth in the US Open in 2014 - albeit 10 shots behind runaway victor Martin Kaymer - and shot 71 at Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur, although he failed to reach the matchplay stages.

Koepka opened his final round in flawless fashion with birdies on his opening two holes. "I don't know why".

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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.

"It was bombs away; I loved it, " he said of the inviting fairways. "It was one of those things where I need to make it".

"It's awesome to get the calls and texts I got last night".

The last seven majors in men's golf have now been won by first-time winners. The top finishing major victor at Erin Hills was Sergio Garcia, who ended up tied for 21st.

Thomas followed Saturday's record-setting nine-under par 63 with a three-over 75 to finish eight shots back.

The jury appeared to be split in its verdict on this course's suitability as a US Open venue, with Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood providing opposing viewpoints.

They are close friends on the golf course and in the gym, and they play a similar game of power off the tee, a clean strike with the iron and a knack for looking calm even as the pressure is ramping up. "That's been the consensus from everybody".

Spieth recently added next week's Travelers Championship to his schedule, but said he is uncertain of his remaining schedule entering the July 20-23 British Open at Royal Birkdale. I scrapped a little bit for it, but I felt fine.

A bogey at the ninth was no great drama as the treacherous par three was playing 172 yards to a back right pin position into a stiff right-to-left crosswind.

And when he completed his hat-trick from 16 feet on the 16th, all that was left to decide was whether he would equal or break McIlroy's record.

"Absolutely, " he said with a laugh. That was a big plus for me.