Arnold Palmer’s 1960 US Open win honored at Erin

The big-hitting Brooks Koepka moved into golf’s major league at Erin Hills, storming clear down the closing stretch to win the U.S. Open by four shots with a record-equalling score of 16 under par. Harman, who had begun the day in a four-way tie for the lead, carded a five-under-par 67 which included six birdies and one bogey.Koepka, who finished at 16-under 272, became the seventh straight first-time victor of a major championship, and it was the first time since 1998-2000 that Americans won their national championship three straight years.But I have to say, at least in present-time, Koepka’s impressive game wasn’t enough to make this U.S. Open particularly memorable.Harman, bidding to become the first left-hander to win a U.S. Open, is a victor on the PGA Tour this year while Thomas is the world number 13, a three-time victor this season and a member of the exclusive “59” club after breaking 60 at the Sony Open this year.What he did looked awfully familiar Sunday at Erin Hills, minus any mess involving the rules.”I’ve been there a handful of times and had some good finishes but I’m looking forward to getting the job done”.”The world number 50 headed to the clubhouse on 12 under, one ahead of Thomas, Brooks Koepka and England’s Tommy Fleetwood”.Rickie Fowler, urged on by the biggest galleries at Erin Hills, turned in a scrappy outward nine mixing two birdies with a bogey to sit three back of the leader.However, Harman eventually stumbled with back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 and his rival found peak form at the flawless moment – birdieing three holes in a row from the 14th to all but wrap up the tournament. Seven players already have reached 10 under or better this week – Koepka, Harman, Thomas, Fleetwood, Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Matsuyama.Nine birdies and an incredible eagle on the final hole, as well as two bogeys took Thomas from within the pack to the top of the leaderboard for a good few hours.Scottie Scheffler is the low amateur for this year’s U.S. Open.”It will be exciting”, said Spieth, who has spent the annual Spring Break holiday with Thomas and Fowler for the last two years.Hideki Matsuyama is making one last push at the U.S. Open.Johnny Miller owned the previous best round of eight-under 63 set en route to victory in the final round at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open. “But it isn’t a US Open course that I’m familiar with the way it was set-up”. They each hit their first shot into the rough.Spieth opened with a birdie on No. 1 and said to his caddie, “Fifteen more”. Of all his birdies, that 8-foot par putt might have been as big as any.It was only fitting that Koepka left Erin Hills with yet another record matched or broken.All of which made the disappearance of the world’s best players especially hard to explain. It featured a silhouette of Palmer in mid-stride, tossing his visor in the air.”I feel really good about just about everything else”, Spieth said.Has Brian Harman ever won a professional golf tournament? The final-round average was 77.2, and 20 players shot in the 80s.Nobody in the top 16 on the leaderboard has won a major.