Brooks Koepka’s family witnesses history at US Open

Fleetwood boosts chances of US Open glory with stunning 63

There were high scores, treacherous winds, frustrated golfers, vocal fans and chased down putts, but nothing could stop Brooks Koepka from becoming only the third player in history to win back-to-back US Open titles on Sunday.

"You got to have some grit, some heart", Koepka, 28, said the night before.

The course was set up in a more favourable fashion for the final round after organisers had to apologise and admit they "went too far" with the layout as only three players broke par on Saturday. I enjoy being pushed to the limit.

"This never comes off, but we did say last night "shoot the best ever US Open score and you'll have a chance".

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.

Speaking to reporters alongside the 18th green as the crowd waited for one more group to finish, unusual said winning the second time was harder.

"You know, my rib kind of came out last week", Koepka said.

"From where it was, I would have taken double [bogey]. And to have him right there when I walked up 18, it was pretty special".

Fleetwood's epic final round could have broken the all-time low round in a U.S. Open with a 62, but he narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie at the 18th. It was great to get it going on the back nine.

Meanwhile, Johnson posted a 77 and Koepka a 72, leaving Berger and Finau tied for the lead with the duo at 3-over par overall.

He's [21.0] for The Open at Carnoustie and there are good reasons to think that's a bet worth taking, not least that he holds the course record with the 63 he shot in last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Brooks Koepka holds up the Golf Champion Trophy after winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y.

In the process, he joined an illustrious club that includes Curtis Strange (1988-89), Ben Hogan (1950-51), Ralph Guldahl (1937-38), Bob Jones (1929-30), John McDermott (1911-12) and Willie Anderson (1903-05) as the golfers who have won consecutive U.S. Open Championships.

"Then I made some great putts and some great up-and-downs".

"Shinnecock plays incredibly tough, and you knew that going in even par was going to be a really good score", he said. Just standing on the tee boxes at Shinnecock - with sloping fairways, brutal rough and downright evil greens - can knock the best players in the world off their game.

Koepka is especially appreciative of this good thing because he was sidelined for four months by a wrist injury, only returning in May and missing the cut in a team event in New Orleans.

The final round of the year's final major was the deadline to qualify for this year's Ryder Cup team, and Furyk now begins the process of narrowing the list of potential captain's picks.

Davis Love III, who took two turns in the captain's chair, will tell you this is the toughest part of the gig.

Fleetwood, whose fourth place behind Koepka at Erin Hills past year had been his best major finish to date, said: "I never thought I was out of it, I just needed a good start". Often, he simply made fewer mistakes than the field as the best scrambler and putter to ever live.

Masters champion Patrick Reed flirted with the second leg of the Grand Slam. He was 7 over for the championship through seven holes of the second round when he ran off six birdies for a 66 to get back in the game.

Reed fired five birdies in his first seven holes but cooled off coming in for a two-under 68. Hogan won three in a row that he played in, missing the 1949 tournament after getting in a auto accident that almost killed him.



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