Brooks Koepka holds his nerve in major style to land the US Open title

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• American wins by four shots from Harman and Matsuyama
• Japanese has best-of-day 66; Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood fourth

Major championships are now the domain of golf’s one-time pretenders. Seven in a row have been claimed by first-time champions, with the conclusion to the 117th US Open developing into a test of nerve for Brooks Koepka. The 27-year-old from Florida became the latest player to deliver on earlier and widely recognised promise.

Koepka – like Jason Day, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker and Sergio García – is a bridesmaid no more. Even fresh, testing Wisconsin conditions for day four and the weight of history could not halt Koepka as he brilliantly pieced together a 67. Three birdies in a row from the 14th provided the hammer blow to those in pursuit; the eventual margin of victory was four shots, at 16 under par, a record-equalling US Open tally. Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama shared second place.

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