ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Brooks Koepka has won the U.S. Open title for his first major championship.
Koepka, 27, grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine at Erin Hills. He matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under.
Koepka takes home $2.16 million, the largest single-day earnings in golf. He also extends the streak of first-time major winners to seven.
Koepka became the third straight American to win the title. It's the first time that has happened since 1998-2000.
He got off to the ideal start with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 first and a tee shot just short of the green on the 338-yard second hold, leading to a simple up-and-down for another birdie. Koepka finally took the lead with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 8.
He was at 14-under par at the turn, and he later birdied No. 14 and 15 to open a three-stroke lead.
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