Brooks Koepka wins second straight US Open

Jun 23, 2018, 03:05
Brooks Koepka wins second straight US Open

Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox.

A year after he marched to victory with a 16-under total at Erin Hills, Koepka kept his nerve on the back nine to emerge with a one-over-par total of 281. Koepka's weight-room buddy Johnson undid himself with a string of three-putts, and ended up third, two shots back at three-over par.

Organisers made a huge error with some of the pin positions on Saturday, not for the first time, and it made the course too hard. Late past year, he registered a nine-shot victory in the Dunlop Phoenix, one of the strongest Japan Golf Tour events. "And to finally do it, it's much more gratifying the second time".

The victory - and first prize of $2.16 million - is another chapter in the remarkable tale of a young multi-sport athlete in the U.S. who moved into golf following a serious auto crash and then learned his trade traveling around Europe and beyond on the second-tier Challenge Tour.

Odd told reporters moments after Koepka's final putt that he wasn't the least bit disappointed he could no longer claim to be the most recent back-to-back victor. "It's special to shoot a 63 at the US Open". And he hung on during a nerve-jangling back nine - he bogeyed the last for some late drama - as long-time leader Johnson faded. The first 11 groups had a scoring average of 73.6; the last 11 groups - the top 22 golfers through the first 36 holes - averaged 77.

Shinnecock played easier on Sunday morning than in the third round, when the USGA admitted that it lost control of the course when the winds picked up in the afternoon.

Scott Piercy, Charley Hoffman, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner and Phil Mickelson were among others who played the weekend at Shinnecock Hills.

Bogeys gave way to birdies, and no one took advantage like Tommy Fleetwood of England. He tied the record held by five others at 63, including Johnny Miller when he won in 1973 - the only time a 63 was shot in the Open's last round.

Fleetwood, who finished fourth past year, took advantage and narrowly missed a major record-equaling putt for 62 on the last green. He blasted it out to 8 feet and made the putt to keep his lead at one shot.

Indeed, Fleetwood, the 27-year-old from Southport, could have set up an exclusive US Open club of his very own.

He has only failed in the Masters, one of the tournaments he couldn't feature in this year due to a wrist injury, which sidelined him for three months.

Finau finished the third round hoping he could enter Sunday within six strokes of the lead; more than that would be too far back, he figured. But his second-round 66 changed everything and propelled him back into contention.

"It was nice to get back to swinging it how I was the first two days".

The USGA pledged to ease off the severe conditions at Shinnecock Hills and, thus far, that has been the case.

Koepka drained it, took a two-shot lead on Fleetwood, and about a half-hour later, a second straight U.S. Open trophy was his. At 3-over par.

Only three players shot under par: co-leaders Daniel Berger and Tony Finau with 66s, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat with a 68. Koepka was all over the pins early in the round, with birdies on three of the first five holes. Rickie Fowler responded with the low round of the U.S. Open. You won't know if he's made a birdie or a bogey on the hole before.

"He's proven he can win on a classic" course, odd said. With that, he had to get up and down from 62 yards to keep his one-shot lead.

He did well to salvage bogey, sinking a 12-foot putt to stay ahead. This time he raised his arms in mock triumph.

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