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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Koepka 33-1 for Open glory after Erin Hills triumph

American holds off Harman and Matsuyama by four shots

US Open champion Brooks Koepka
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Brooks Koepka is a general 33-1 to be celebrating an Open Championship triumph next month after a closing 67 clinched his first Major title in the US Open on Sunday.

The 27-year-old from West Palm Beach was relentless in the closing nine holes at Erin Hills as three successive birdies from the 14th left him clear of the field and he claimed a four-shot success to the delight of punters who backed him at 50-1 for a first Major triumph.

Koepka started his final round with two birdies and the field were unable to keep up with him as he became the seventh straight first-time Major winner since Zach Johnson's Open victory two years ago.

Fellow American Brian Harman and Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama finished joint-second.

It was a tournament in which the fancied players struggled to perform with five of the top seven in the market, including world number one Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, failing to make the cut.

Coral reported that they saw little money for Koepka until the final day, when he teed off in the penultimate group with England’s Tommy Fleetwood, both of whom started their final rounds a shot behind Harman.

Coral’s John Hill reflected on a decent result for his firm, saying: “The Major championships have not been too kind to bookmakers over the last couple of years but there won’t be many complaints about this result.”

Steve Freeth of bet365 said: “It was a solid result for us with eight of the top 12 ante-post missing the cut and the well-backed Alexander Noren, Thomas Pieters and Kevin Kisner out with the washing.”

Bet365 go 33-1 that Fleetwood wins a Major this year, 10-1 that he does so before the end of 2018 and he is 2-1 to claim one of the sport’s big four titles in his career.

The firm are offering evens that the run of new Major winners continues at next month’s Open at Royal Birkdale. It’s 8-11 that a player who has already tasted Major glory takes the prize.

The Birkdale event may be an opportunity for Koepka to make up for lost time as he was forced to miss last year’s Open with an ankle injury. He finished tenth at St Andrews the year before.

Koepka is 33-1 to win the USPGA Championship at Quail Hollow in August. He has not played competitively at the Charlotte course when it has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship on the US Tour.

There was also money yesterday for Matsuyama to become Japan’s first Major winner at Birkdale as he was cut to 20-1.

His best finish at the Open was at Muirfield in 2013 when he finished tied for sixth and he missed the cut last year.

Rickie Fowler had to settle for his sixth top-ten Major finish as he was unable to keep up with the pace and he is 22-1 to break his duck next month.

Dustin Johnson, who missed the weekend by a three-shot margin, is 9-1 with Sky Bet to add the Open to the US Open title he captured 12 months ago, while McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and

Jason Day will be among those trying to play themselves into form at this week’s Travelers Championship.

McIlroy, who was out of sorts at Erin Hills having returned to action after a rib injury, is 11-1 to win another Claret Jug this year, while Speith (12-1) and Day (16-1) have been on the drift in the last 24 hours.

Koepka was advised at 4-1 by Steve Palmer before the final round in our Golfwise Extra service on

Where your money went

1 B Koepka 50-1
T2 H Matsuyama 35-1
T2 B Harman 250-1
4 T Fleetwood 160-1
T5 R Fowler 25-1
T5 X Schauffele 500-1
T5 B Haas 150-1
8 C Hoffman 160-1

Top Amateur
1 S Scheffler 10-1

Top American
1 B Koepka 20-1
2 B Harman 100-1
T3 X Schauffele 200-1
T3 R Fowler 12-1
T3 B Haas 80-1

Top Asian
1 H Matsuyama 6-4
2 S W Kim 9-1
3 S Kodaira 28-1

Top Australian
1 M Leishman 13-2

Top continental European
1 B Wiesberger 20-1
T2 D Lingmerth 33-1
T2 S Garcia 9-2

Top Englishman
1 T Fleetwood 14-1
2 E Pepperell 40-1
3 P Casey 11-2

Top European
1 T Fleetwood 50-1
2 E Pepperell 150-1
3 B Wiesberger 40-1
T4 D Lingmerth 66-1
T4 S Garcia 8-1

Top GB & Ireland
1 T Fleetwood 22-1
2 E Pepperell 70-1
3 P Casey 10-1
4 M Laird 40-1

Top Rest of the World
1 H Matsuyama 7-1
2 SW Kim 33-1
3 L Oosthuizen 14-1

Top South African
1 L Oosthuizen 11-4
2 B Stone 20-1
3 B Grace 5-2

He became the seventh straight first-time Major winner since Zach Johnson's Open victory two years ago
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