ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Brooks Koepka is a modern golfer who won his first major on a modern golf course.
That would be one way to look back at this U.S. Open.
No one played better. No one did a better job of answering every challenge. He putted for birdie on every hole except the 13th, where Koepka made a clutch par putt that sent him toward three straight birdies, a knockout punch. That 8-iron he hit to the back portion of the 15th green was better than it could ever look on TV.
But as Koepka posed with the U.S. Open trophy on the 18th green, it was hard to ignore the white scoreboard behind him.
All the numbers were red.
The only black on the board through 18 holes were the names.
One of them belonged to Xander Schauffele, a 23-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour who was No. 352 in the world and playing in his first major championship. He finished at 10-under par. Great playing. Schauffele was among seven players who finished at 10 under or…