No consolation for Brian Harman, Rickie Fowler after falling short at U.S. Open


Jeff Babineau, Golfweek

Published 12:42 a.m. ET June 19, 2017 | Updated 6 hours ago

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American Brooks Koepka captured his first major championship at the U.S. Open after finishing 16 under for the tournament.
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ERIN HILLS, Wis. — Brian Harman had just tied for second at the 117th U.S. Open, had just beaten 154 of the best players in the universe, had just won $1.05 million for a week’s work, and had just jumped into the top 10 in the Presidents Cup standings.

That’s a lot of good. But he wasn’t in a warm-and-fuzzy mood.

Standing on the 12th green hours earlier, Harman, the Open’s 54-hole leader, still was tied with Brooks Koepka at the top of the board, a robust 13 under par. He’d made only two bogeys over 65 holes. Then he made two straight, Koepka ran off three birdies, and as Harman describes, “it was lights out.”

Just like that, a week filled with so much promise would end short of the desired finish line. Throw all the positives you’d like at Harman, whose 12-under total…

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