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Koepka: Patience paid off


Koepka: Patience paid off

Brooks Koepka thanked predecessor Dustin Johnson for some sound advice which helped him secure a four-shot victory at the US Open. Koepka shot a final round 67 to claim his first Major at Erin Hills, with the American having taken on board words of wisdom from world number one Johnson, who told his compatriot to stay patient and not be too aggressive.

He told reporters: "Dustin called me and told me just stay patient - just keep doing what you're doing, you're going to win the thing. Just don't get ahead of yourself. I felt like I really stayed patient all week. I felt like that has been the thing lately with me, why I haven't really played that well - I've been trying to win so badly."

Koepka finished four shots clear of both Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama in Wisconsin, with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood ending in fourth place after a fourth round 72. Rickie Fowler had to settle for a share of fifth place after closing with a 72, meaning that he now has seven top-ten finishes at a Major, without having claimed victory.

Fowler is now 18/1 to win the Open Championship, with Koepka priced at 25/1 and Johnson 8/1.

Meanwhile, Koepka also talked up his experiences in Europe on the Challenge Tour, where he claimed four victories before moving onto the European Tour, where he won the Turkish Airlines Open in late 2014.

He added: "Going over to play the Challenge Tour was really, really cool. To get to travel the world at 22, 21 years old and do what you do for a living is pretty neat. To go over there and compete in Europe helped me grow up a little bit and really figure out that, hey, play golf, get it done, and then you can really take this somewhere. Winning three Challenge Tour events and also winning the Turkish Airlines Open meant I built a lot of confidence off of that."

 

 

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