ERIN, Wis. — When American Brooks Koepka first hired caddie Ricky Elliott to carry his bag on Europe’s Challenge Tour, he told the Irishman, “Don’t worry, we won’t be here long.”
Koepka was true to his word and four years later he’s the U.S. Open champion.
On Sunday, the 27-year-old American broke free of a week-long logjam at the top of the leaderboard at Erin Hills with three consecutive birdies on the back nine to shoot a five-under 67 and claim his first major championship.
“That’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced and to do it on Father’s Day, it’s pretty neat,” Koepka said after his round. “I didn’t exactly get my dad a card,…