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Koepka could use more wins, but his trophies are big

Koepka could use more wins, but his trophies are big

Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open for the second straight year on Sunday, becoming the sixth player in the tournament's history to win back-to-back titles.

"It's hard not to", Koepka said.

There is no doubt now, however, that Koepka is back, and he has proved his major mettle on the toughest test the US Open can offer.

Fleetwood, playing more than two hours ahead of the overnight leaders, had threatened to steal a shocking victory after reeling off four consecutive birdies from the 12th hole.

It might have been a moment of madness, but admitting his intention certainly didn't do Phil any favours and has brought up a lot of questions about what it means to commit a serious breach of etiquette on the golf course. "Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that is what I enjoy".

To call the U.S. Open a fiasco this year would be kind. Extreme course conditions have happened beyond the connection to Shinnecock Hills and the USGA freely admits to pushing course set-ups as close as possible to the edge.

"It's much more gratifying the second time". This is incredible. I don't think I could have dreamed of this, going back-to-back.

"I think I can compete in any company. And to have him right there when I walked up 18, it was pretty special".

U.S. Open just takes so much discipline, he said. McIlroy also is planning to play, as he looks to get his game back on track quickly. Two holes later, after another drive into grass so thick he wasn't sure he could get it out, Koepka rolled in an 8-footer for another par save. I shot the lowest round of the day on Friday, and Thursday I really stuck in all the way round.




Fleetwood also shot a stunning 63 in Sunday's final round of the 118th US Open, agonisingly missing from eight feet for birdie on the 18th to equal the all-time major record of 62 set by Branden Grace in last year's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Fleetwood, who joined Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Vijay SIngh and Justin Thomas as the only men to shoot a 63 in 118 U.S. opens, narrowly missed out on a 62 when his eight-foot putt on the final hole slipped by. "I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play". Koepka has played there once, finishing eighth in the PGA Tour event that uses three courses.

Koepka is among the best of America's new golfers; powerful athletes who, due to their exceptional physical condition, could probably have made a career in any other sport.

This golf course is one of the great golf courses of the United States.

The victory comes less than two months after Koepka returned from a left wrist injury, a partially torn tendon that had kept him out of action since January. A birdie on the final home gave him an even-par 70 to finish alone in third and remain No. 1 in the world.

They were to tee off at 2:24pm (1824 GMT) with just four shots separating 15 players. Often, he simply made fewer mistakes than the field as the best scrambler and putter to ever live.

This year, 10 years removed from his last major title, Woods, 42, was reduced to fawning over his playing partner Johnson as he limped to a missed cut.

"I would challenge anyone, anywhere to step into the gym with DJ and Brooks and say these guys are not hardcore jocks", he said.

Next up is Pebble Beach, and a chance to join Willie Anderson as the only player to win three in a row. Hogan won three in a row that he played in, missing the 1949 tournament after getting in a auto accident that almost killed him. Masters champion Reed had birdied five of his first seven holes but three bogeys in four holes from the ninth halted his momentum and he dropped another shot on the 18th.