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U.S. Open Recap: Koepka Captures First Major

Len Hochberg

Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.

Before we give Brooks Koepka his due for winning his first major title, a few words about Erin Hills: birdie, birdie, birdie. The course was so defenseless and had such little bite that it gave out red numbers the way Oprah Winfrey gives out cars: “YOU get a birdie and YOU get a birdie and YOU get birdie …”

It’s hard to see what made the USGA think this was a U.S. Open-caliber track. The fairways were as wide as John Daly, the greens were the size of Beef Johnston. The much-discussed fescue was as thick as a receding hairline. Even the supposedly diabolical sand traps were like a day at the beach.

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