Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way

McIlroy finished at 16-under 268 when he won on rain-softened Congressional in the 2011 U.S. Open.

Koepka didn't let Harman's mistakes go to waste. Still looking for his first major victory, Fowler was in the hunt but finished tied for fifth at 10-under.

ERIN, Wisconsin The shackles are off England's Tommy Fleetwood, riding the momentum of an early season win at Abu Dhabi to contend at the U.S. Open, said former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

For the first time since world rankings were introduced in 1986, the top three, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all missed the cut at a major.

"Taking nothing away, nine under is incredible with US Open pressure", the 70-year-old told GolfChannel.com.

So Koepka played nine practice holes with Scheffler, which turned out to be enough to usher him to victory on Sunday.

Harman also bogeyed the 18th to finish in a tie for second with Matsuyama, both at 12-under. After his consecutive bogeys, he birdied on the long par-5 14th hole, and again at 16. But back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 caused him to slip while Koepka was surging ahead.

Harman, a University of Georgia graduate, went into Sunday leading and hoping to win his first major.

Matsuyama has two holes left, compared to six for Koepka and seven for Harman.

"Being an amateur in the U.S. Open is very cool", Scheffler said. But in those two minutes, Johnson, victor of the 2016 U.S. Open, misser of the cut this year, imparted a little wisdom.

Rickie Fowler was a further shot behind on 10-under alongside Xander Schauffele and Bill Haas. "This (wind) is light and variable compared to the beginning of the day, but that's what you get for playing a poor first few rounds".

Champ and Scottie Scheffler are tied at 1 under. There were 133 sub-par rounds, nine more than the previous record in that 1990 U.S. Open.

The big Victorian fought hard on the back nine and three birdies enabled him to sign for a 75, one under in total and a share of 27th.

There, he began to learn the ropes of the professional game on the second-tier Challenge Tour, and made a lot of friends who speak assorted languages along the way.

It was a much different scene than Saturday, when Thomas matched a major record with a 63.

Brooks Koepka claiming his first major championship after an impressive final round. I thought the USGA did a fantastic job coming back this year, and I know that they really wanted to.

"Chambers Bay was tough with the greens and then a year ago had a tough Sunday". "But it isn't a US Open course that I'm familiar with the way it was set up". Maybe your idea of going back to persimmon when you turn pro, just like baseball players switching from metal bats to wood when they get to the show, is the future.

The miscues put Koepka alone back on top of the leaderboard, a perch from which he would not be removed. The difference between "being in the moment" for four days, never having that "fraction of a second slip in focus" that leads to a double bogey is separated from a state of mind-clamp, of near golf desperation by a mental membrane so slim and fragile that golfers don't even want to think about it.

Spieth recently added next week's Travelers Championship to his schedule, but said he is uncertain of his remaining schedule entering the July 20-23 British Open at Royal Birkdale.