Liberty's Mickey DeMorat wrapped up his professional debut on Sunday, finishing tied for 56th place at the 118th U.S. Open.
DeMorat finished the four-day event, annually known as the toughest test of golf in the world, carding a 17-over par 297 (72-72-80-73) on the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course (par 70, 7,440 yards).
The event was won by Brooks Koepka, who carded a 1-over par 281 (75-66-72-68), making him the first back-to-back U.S. Open championship since Curtis Strange (1988-89).
Koepka finished one shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood, who tied a U.S. Open record with a 7-under par 63 on Sunday to fire an overall 2-over par 282 (75-66-78-63).
World No. 1 golfer and 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson finished in third place with a 3-over par 283 (69-67-77-70).
DeMorat made the cut in his first professional event after carding back-to-back 2-over par rounds of 72 on Thursday and Friday. Following the first 36 holes of play, DeMorat was tied for 14th place.
The former Flames golfer, who graduated last May, parred eight of the first nine holes he played on Saturday, marking the turn at 5-over par and still in the top-20 of the major championship leaderboard.
However, the USGA's setup for the third round on the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course caused nearly all the golfers who played late in the afternoon on Saturday to stumble and fall in historic fashion.
Five-time major championship winner Phil Mickelson carded an 11-over par 81 on Saturday, which included a 10 on the par-4, No. 13 hole (366 yards) incurring a two-stroke penalty for hitting a ball in motion.
Four-time PGA Tour winner Rickie Fowler recorded the worst round of the day on Saturday as he carded a 14-over par 84 to drop out of the race for his first career major win.
DeMorat's closing nine holes during the challenging playing conditions included five bogeys and two double bogeys to drop him well down the leaderboard following an 10-over par 80.
The three-time All-Big South golfer rebounded on Sunday, closing his first professional event with a 3-over par 73. The round included birdies on No. 1 (par 4, 399 yards) and No. 15 (par 4, 408 yards) to offset his three bogeys and a double bogey on Sunday.
For the week, DeMorat ranked tied for 52nd in the field in greens in regulation (39-of-72) and tied for 53rd place in fairways hit (37-of-56).
DeMorat finished off his senior year last Liberty, last month, posting a 72.00 season stroke average, while recording four top-10 finishes and a team best three top-five finishes. The senior finished his Liberty career with a 72.28 stroke average, the second-best mark in program history.
The native of Merritt Island, Fla., played 17 of his 39 rounds at par or better during the season (43.6 percent). He posted under-par tournament totals five times, including a 7-under par 209 for a runner-up finish at the Big South Men's Golf Championship and a 4-under par 209 for a 17th-place showing at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
DeMorat earned All-Big South first-team honors as a senior and was named to the Big South All-Championship team following his runner-up finish. Additionally, he was recently named to the PING All-Region team.
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