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Koepka's bid for 63 turns into 68

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Brooks Koepka wasn’t thinking about equaling Johnny Miller’s record 63 at Oakmont Country Club Sunday at the U.S. Open.

He was thinking about smashing it.

“I was hoping for something even lower,” Koepka said. “I was hoping for 60, 61. I thought that was pretty obtainable.”

Nobody has ever shot lower than 63 in a major championship, and wasn’t meant to be for Koepka, whose brilliant run in the middle of the round was bookended by a slow start and a disappointing finish. He signed for a wild 2-under-par 68 with six birdies, six bogeys and an eagle. He holed a wedge from 108 yards for his eagle at the 10th hole.

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“When you know it's your day, it's your day,” Koepka said. “Just aim at some flags. You're getting good breaks, things kind of going your way. They were going our way early. But as far as the last four holes, it's a little disappointing.”

After bogeying two of the first three holes, Koepka went on his tear, playing eight holes in 8 under before staggering home with four consecutive bogeys.

Koepka finished the championship at 4-over 284. He was inside the top 20 when he signed his scorecard. He tied for fourth at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst two years ago and tied for 18th at Chambers Bay last year.