Southampton, N.Y. • Brooks Koepka has the sport to win a U.S. Open on any course.
One 12 months after Koepka overpowered the extensive fairways of Erin Hills in a U.S. Open remembered for low scoring, he navigated his manner throughout the brutal stipulations of Shinnecock Hills and closed with a 2-under 68 to develop into the primary repeat champion in 29 years.
Curtis Strange, the ultimate participant to head back-to-back on this primary, watched all the ultimate spherical Sunday as the Fox Sports reporter at the flooring, and so they shared a short lived hug off the 18th inexperienced after Koepka tapped in for bogey and a one-shot victory.
He captured his 2d primary on Sunday. It wouldn’t have been conceivable with out his 72 on Saturday in stipulations so serious the ultimate 45 avid gamers to tee off within the 3rd spherical didn’t spoil par. The USGA conceded the course used to be excessive and pledged to get it proper for the overall spherical.
No one took benefit like Tommy Fleetwood, who made 8 birdies — not one of the two par 5s — and turned into the 6th participant to shoot 63 within the U.S. Open. That were given him inside one shot of Koepka, who nonetheless had 11 holes to play.
But he by no means stuck him and needed to accept the silver medal.
Koepka, with a efficiency and a demeanor paying homage to Retief Goosen successful at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, started the again 9 with 3 pivotal putts — one for birdie, one for bogey, one for par.
He seized keep watch over with a wedge to 3½ toes for birdie at the par-Five 16th for a two-shot lead, and he by no means flinched till it not mattered. Koepka pulled his strategy to the 18th off the grandstand, pitched directly to about 12 toes and two-putted for a bogey.
He completed at 1-over 281, 13 pictures upper than his successful ranking at Erin Hills ultimate 12 months. It used to be the primary time since 2013 at Merion that nobody broke par within the U.S. Open.
Dustin Johnson, a part of the four-way tie for the result in get started the overall spherical, couldn’t stay alongside of one in every of his best possible pals. Johnson used to be one shot in the back of on the flip till three-putting 3 times at the again 9. A birdie at the ultimate hollow gave him an even-par 70 to complete by myself in 3rd.
Masters champion Patrick Reed, who in short shared the lead with 5 birdies thru seven holes, stumbled at the again and needed to accept a 68 to complete fourth.