Brooks Koepka reveals phonecall with Dustin Johnson contributed to US Open victory


The long-hitting American travelled far and wide, from Kazakhstan to Kenya and mainland Europe, cramming into bed and breakfast rooms with fellow players, spending some nights sleeping in cars, and learning about life and how to win.

When this event ended, Koepka's image might have been summed up - entirely incorrectly - by one of his quotes this past week when he said that nothing in golf "really gets me too worked up, whatever happens, bogey, double bogey, birdie, eagle, I mean, I'm pretty chill anyway". And based on their performances this week, I think we'll be seeing a lot more of them on top of the leaderboards going forward.

Three wins in Spain, Italy and Scotland earned him automatic entry to the European Tour, where he won in Turkey in 2014.

He ranked fourth in driving accuracy and seventh in distance, a potent combination that he parlayed into 21 birdies, leading the field for greens in regulation while limiting his blemishes to five bogeys.

Smith talked him out of it and Koepka duly went on to win, collecting £25,000 and a £25 trophy for his efforts.

"I've never felt that way".

It was just Koepka's second career win on the PGA Tour and his first major victory, but the win was not a complete surprise either. "And he said he was pulling for me and just hang in there".

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BROOKS KOEPKA, on his frustrations.

The 27-year-old struggled to believe his triumph, saying: "What I've done this week is awesome". "There are so many (courses) to choose from, (but) I'm sure at some point, it will come back here".

Guided by power-hitting mentor and friend Dustin Johnson, Koepka dedicated himself to working on his fitness.

It has been 20 years since Els won the U.S. Open at Congressional, when he held off Colin Montgomerie by a stroke.

"Dustin actually called me last night and told me the same thing, "Just stay patient. Exhausted of traveling. I just wanted to be home", he said".

"He's going to overpower golf courses, and he's got a great demeanor", said Bill Haas, who finished tied for fifth.

He remembers taking a phone call and receiving the best advice he's ever got: "Stick it out".

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He won that tournament, made it to the regular European Tour, and then made it home to the PGA Tour.

Koepka's M2 Tour fairway wood is the high-lofted version (16.5 degrees) and comes with a more compact head shape that's preferred by the better player.

Koepka has an interesting background, having taken the unusual step for a USA player of beginning his professional career on this side of the Atlantic, first on the Challenge Tour and then the European Tour.

"No regrets, I did play well". He came up short at the par-4-15th, when a 23-foot putt stopped right on the edge of the cup. "No regrets", he told reporters through an interpreter.

"It gives you a good grounding", Fleetwood said.

Hadwin had a more hard second round on Friday, shooting a two-over par 74, but his two-round total was still enough for him to make the cut and qualify for the final two rounds of play.

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