Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Koepka wins second US Open title

Tommy Fleetwood had a day for the ages at the U.S. Open on Sunday, tying the U.S. Open final round record by shooting a 63 at Shinnecock Hills.

Koepka fired a two-under 68 in friendlier scoring conditions to become the first player to claim back-to-back US Open titles since Curtis Strange in 1989, as Fleetwood took second spot after making major history with his round-of-the-week 63.

Reed suffered back-to-back blemishes from the 11th, where Johnson three-putted from the front of the green, as Koepka got up-and-down from the rough to save par at the 12th and holed a 10-footer for par at the 14th.

The 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills turned into a debacle.

Grace accomplished the feat at last year's British Open.

Johnson carded a 7-over-par 77 but still found himself sharing the lead after surviving brutal conditions as Koepka set himself up for a shot at successfully defending his title. On this day, he had a putting stroke to match as he reached the turn in 32 shots, with four birdies in his first seven holes against one bogey at the 9th. The day's only other sub-par round was Kiradech Aphibarnrat's 68, which put the Thai into a tie for seventh on six-over.

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"It's the U.S. Open".

"Nobody enjoys that", said Russell Knox, who shot 75, two shots better than Dustin Johnson, who blew a four-shot lead to fall into a four-way tie at the top. "I mean, I knew what it was for".

Yet the USGA admitted the course got out of hand on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) in the third round of the US Open, and apologized for it. An apology by the U.S. Golf Association CEO Mike Davis for unfair playing conditions did nothing to mollify competitors who had to suffer the results, and who were exhausted of a long series of gaffes in what is supposed to be a premiere major championship.

Tommy Fleetwood was surprised when he shot 66 in Friday's second round. His 122-yard approach settled just three feet from the pin, giving him a smooth shot at a birdie. Yes, with mistakes I made, some of this could have been avoided.

When they left the course, Finau and Berger both just hoped to be in the mix at day's end.

"I thought 62 after six or seven holes". Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. Tony Finau and Daniel Berger started the weekend 11 shots out of the lead. "You know that they're trying to set this golf course up as close to the edge as possible", said Jim Furyk, who trails Finau, Berger, reigning champion Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson by three strokes entering the final round.

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