Monday, 18 June 2018

US Open: Brooks Koepka beats Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills



Koepka, 28, closed with a two-under-par 68 to top the leaderboard at one over and deny Fleetwood a first major title.


Fleetwood, 27, had set the clubhouse lead at two over after a scintillating seven-under-par 63 - the joint-lowest round in US Open history.
World number one Dustin Johnson shot a 70 to finish third on three over.


England's Justin Rose, who began the day one shot adrift of a four-way tie for the lead, finished tied for 10th on seven over after a three-over 73.


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.


There were also calls for five-time major winner Phil Mickelson to be disqualified after he broke the rules during the third round.


World number four Koepka, who claimed his first major at Erin Hills last year, became the first player to retain the US Open title since Curtis Strange won in 1988 and 1989.


"This is incredible. I don't think I could have dreamed of going back-to-back. It's truly special and I am honoured," he said.


"I always felt like I had a chance. I was never out of it. I just needed to keep grinding. I knew the conditions would ease up a bit and I took advantage of it."


Koepka kisses the trophy in front of the big crowds after marching on to yet another victory in the US Open

Koepka shakes hands with Amateur's Luis Gagne (right) and Matt Parziale on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills




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