Athlete roots run deep for new US Open champ Brooks Koepka

11:01 PM ET

ERIN, Wis. — Bob Koepka was crying on the phone, and why the hell not? He was an old college pitcher out of West Virginia Wesleyan, and he had just watched his son throw a perfect game at the U.S. Open.

Coaches had long ago predicted this would happen. Brooks Koepka himself had informed his old man as a middle schooler that he would someday be big stuff on the PGA Tour, and the vision that came to be on Father’s Day at Erin Hills buckled the world’s proudest dad as he watched from his home in Atlantis, Florida.

“I just hope every father out there gets to experience something like this,” Bob Koepka said as he tried and failed to stop the flood of emotions washing over him. “I don’t even know what to say. This is the best feeling in the world.”

Bob talked to the older of his two boys Sunday morning and advised him to keep hitting greens, to keep doing exactly what he’d done

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