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Published: 08:03 | 19/6/17

Koepka thanks Johnson after US Open win


Brooks Koepka thanked Dustin Johnson for his advice after winning the US Open title at Erin Hills on Sunday.

The 27-year-old from Florida equalled the US Open's lowest winning score of 16 under, set by Rory McIlroy in 2011, to become the seventh consecutive first-time winner of a major.

Koepka hit a five-under 67, including three successive birdies at the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, to hold off the challenge of Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who went round in 66 to tie for second on 12 under with overnight leader Brian Harman [level par].

"Dustin called me and told me just stay patient," Koepka, who previously had won just two European Tour and one PGA Tour titles, said. 

"Just keep doing what you're doing, you're going to win the thing, and just don't get ahead of yourself. A bunch of people told me that.

"And I felt like I really stayed patient all week. I felt like that has been the thing lately with me, why I haven't really played that well - I've been trying to win so badly. I felt like I've underachieved."

Tommy Fleetwood, who was second overnight and looking to become only the third English winner since 1924 after Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013,  shot a level-par 72 to finish fourth on 11 under.

"I've never contended for a major before, so when you get to Saturday and Sunday you've got to see how you react and how you feel," Fleetwood, 26, said.

"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory."

Shane Lowry, the only Irish golfer to make the cut, finished on three over par in a tie for 46th.

Photo Getty Images/ Andrew Redington

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