u.s. open champion

Brooks Koepka dominated the US Open golf course in a way rarely seen

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open in dominating fashion, pulling away from the field on the back-9 on Sunday and eventually winning by four strokes with a record-tying score of 16-under.

That Koepka was able to make so many birdies at a U.S. Open is unusual, but it was also not surprising considering how many opportunities he gave himself on the Erin Hills golf course. Over four rounds, Koepka reached the green in regulation and had a birdie or eagle putt on 62 of the 72 holes.

The last five U.S. Open champions averaged 49.4 greens in regulation, 12 fewer than Koepka. In fact, the last time a U.S. Open champ had as many birdie opportunities as Koepka did was Rory McIlroy in 2011 when he also shot 16-under and also found the greens in regulation 62 times over 72 holes.

(Diana Yukari/Business Insider)

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