Tommy Fleetwood charge in vain as Brooks Koepka retains US Open title

Zach Johnson Angered By 'Pure Carnage' On The US Open Course

Zach Johnson Angered By 'Pure Carnage' On The US Open Course

Brooks Koepka has become the first player in three decades to win successive US Open titles as the American posted a one-shot victory at Shinnecock Hills in NY.

At lush Erin Hills, he took home the trophy after shooting 16 under par over four days.

"He embraced the fact that Shinnecock was set up to play tough", Kernell continued.

Sunday at Shinnecock began with a four-way tie for the lead, with the past two U.S. Open champions - Koepka and Dustin Johnson - playing in the penultimate group. We go through all the key moments of Sunday's final round. And a 7-foot par putt on No. 14.

Koepka is now a two-time US Open champion after back-to-back triumphs.

He pounded his tee shot 340 yards, but it found that unforgiving rough up the right side.

"I've played it once", said Koepka, who finished in a tie for eighth in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2016. His wedge settled eight feet from the hole.

Fleetwood's closing 63 at Shinnecock Hills afforded him second place to Brooks Koepka.

But Koepka steadied himself and ground his way home in the traditional style of a U.S. Open victor, making par on six of the last seven holes and birdieing the par-5 15th to give himself some breathing room.

Koepka has been tipped for the top since winning three tournaments on the Challenge Tour in 2013 to earn instant promotion to the European Tour, although the third victory was in serious danger of never happening.

"When we're all done, he's going to win another one", Koepka said. I miss competing. I've got to be competing at something.

Fellow American Tony Finau also shot 66, charging with a back nine of 31 strokes to join Berger at three-over. "The lie was a little bit below my feet and obviously it's not the shot you want to hit in, but when you have 13 feet and you're just trying to lag it down there, it's tougher than it looks".

Patrick Reed doesn't lack confidence.

Koepka's magnificent performance looks even better when you consider that he missed the first three months of the year with a wrist injury.

Back-to-back: It was the second straight US Open title for Koepka, the first player do to it since Curtis Strange in 1989.

Jason Day did everything he could to prepare for the U.S. Open last week.

Reed, though, couldn't keep up the momentum after bogeys at 10, 11 and 12.

Berger and Finau beat the worst of the conditions, finishing before the leaders had even teed off. It appeared early they wouldn't be joining Graham.

Golf is not meant to be fair but Finau and Berger, through no fault of their own, were provided with such an advantage that had either won, the victory might well have left a sour taste. 2, 3 and 4. But when it's like that, you just guarantee you're going to get a superstar victor.

Asked if he was pleased to equal the best score ever in the Open, the jovial Englishman and current No. 1 player in Europe, said: "Yes, but I wanted the 62". "The speed of the greens picked up".

Our translation: We messed up Saturday.

Overall, it was a brilliant display of shot-making and putting by the 27-year-old from Southport, England, who this year successfully defended his title in Abu Dhabi.

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