Koepka Wins Second Straight U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka hits an approach shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Photo: AP/Frank Franklin III
Brooks Koepka hits an approach shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

June 17, 2018 05:52 PM

Brooks Koepka has won a second consecutive U.S. Open, the first player to do so since Curtis Strange in 1989.
    
Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox.
    
Koepka shot 16 under par last year at Erin Hills for his first major victory, winning by four shots. He was in a four-way tie for the lead after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills and shot 68 on a benign course for a 1-over 281 total as no player could match par.
    
Koepka's birdie at the par-5 16th stretched his lead to two shots over Tommy Fleetwood, who tied the U.S. Open single-round record with a 63.  Fleetwood missed an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th that would have given him the record for this tournament and tied the 62 Branden Grace shot in last year's British Open for lowest round in any major.
    
Then Koepka parred 17 and had the luxury of making bogey at 18.  
 

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