• American wins by four shots from Harman and Matsuyama
• Best of the day 66 from Japanese sees him coast up leaderboard
Major championships are now the domain of golf’s pretenders. Seven in a row have been claimed by first-time champions, with the conclusion to the 117th US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin emerging 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 Garcia – is a bridesmaid no more. Even fresh, testing weather conditions for day four and the weight of history could not halt the outstanding American. Three birdies in a row from the 14th provided a hammer blow to those in pursuit.