Congratulations to Brooks Keopka for winning the 117th US Open. The final round was very exciting with many charges up the leaderboard. None more exciting than
Hideki Matsuyama. Early in the club house at minus 12 added a pinch of excitement for the viewers. The final round was by far the most exciting of the four rounds.
Watching most of the play on Sunday, I was amazed with Erin Hills. The course was anything but flat and most of the approach shots were uphill and blind. Missing the green, even by a little, was disastrous. Interestingly, at the start of the US Open I thought the bunkers were death traps, but as it turned out they were considered bailout areas; go figure. Erin Hills was a great venue for this Major and I hope to play it one day.
I was continually amazed at how far the pros hit their ball. JB Holmes easily reached the 680 yard 18th hole and made his 10 foot eagle putt. Rickie Fowler reached the 18th with a long iron in 2. Brooks Koepka hit a 3-wood off the tee on the 18th hole 379 yards; these guys are crazy long! Most of the players averaged 300+yards on their drives. Their fairway woods were not far behind either; I understand that the pros are hitting the ball farther, but come on, this was crazy long during the entire final round!
Watching the putting gave me a greater appreciation to how good these guys really are! Their ability to softly tap the ball is something that can only be appreciated when they play greens like those at Erin Hills. Keopka had the touch all day and as a result he ran away with the championship yesterday.
Lastly, I was impressed by the mental toughness of the all the players. The number of made 8 foot par putts in the last round would test anyone’s nerve, but apparently not the players of the US Open! Of course we focused on the leaders, but what about Charlie Hoffman who tripled the 8th hole to drop to minus 7. He did not falter and worked his way back to finish 8th at minus 9. He is just one example of how mental toughness is vital to winning at the professional level!
The US Open started slow, but finished as expected from this amazing Major. Again, congratulations to Brooks Keopka on winning his US Open!
On a side note, congratulations to Brooke Henderson for winning the Meijer LPGA Classic on the weekend. Her come from behind win, like Keopka’s, shows that no one can be counted out in a professional golf tournament.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!