Brooks Koepka says Dustin Johnson pep talk helped him to US Open win

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Brooks Koepka revealed he received a motivational phone call from the world No1, Dustin Johnson, the night before he became a first-time major winner. Koepka’s four-stroke triumph at Erin Hills on Sunday, at a record-equalling tournament aggregate of 16 under par, means he succeeds Johnson as the US Open champion.

“Dustin actually called me on Saturday night and told me to take one shot at a time, just to stay patient,” Koepka said. “It was a case of ‘just keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to win the thing. Just don’t get ahead of yourself’.

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