For a Major championship that seemed to lack an identity, initially as a result of the perceived missing star power, Rickie Fowler initially filled the star void. He took the first-round lead with a 65 and started the final round just two strokes back, but he never managed to close the gap and finished with an even-par 72 to tie for fifth.
The Erin Hills Open was saved by Sunday’s breeze. After three days of record scoring that included Justin Thomas’ 9-under 63 - the lowest score in relation to par ever at the U.S. Open - balance and a bite were returned to the golf universe on Day 4.
Sunday’s winds finally put the fear back in the golf, where it should be at the U.S. Open, and as is always the case the most fearless player emerged.