Monday, 19 June 2017

2017 - Week 24 Winner

Brooks Koepka (ranked 15th by Golf Predictor) won the US Open on the European/US PGA Tour. The 27 year old American won his first major with a tremendous display at Erin Hills. Trailing by a shot overnight, Koepka blew the field away with a display of power, accuracy and putting to win by four shots over Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman. In doing so, he equalled Rory McIlroy's record score to par (-16), albeit on the long par 72 in Wisconsin. Koepka opened up with two birdies on Sunday and never looked in trouble after that. A burst of birdies on the back nine all but guaranteed him the title and he duly eased to the prestigious title. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, was one of the unusually large number of top ranked players who missed the cut. As a result, we only had six of the top twenty one plus ties (6/22*) on what turned out to be an atypical US Open layout. 

*Mickelson famously and eventually withdrew, promoting Steve Stricker to the top 22 in the GP Rankings.

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