What Brooks Koepka said after winning 2018 U.S. Open
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2018,
Jun 24, 2018, 23:20
Retief Goosen was the most recent player with a good chance of repeating since odd did it.
But just as it seemed he had grabbed the championship by the throat he misjudged his tee shot at the par-three 11th and watched his ball rocket over the crowned green and hurtle way beyond into rough.
Koepka's final-round 68 had its share of enormous shots.
Koepka now joins Willie Anderson, John McDermott, Bobby Jones, Ralph Guhldal, Ben Hogan, and Curtis Strange as back-to-back winners of the U.S. Open.
"The best players in the world are up there trying to win a U.S. Open, and watching them down the stretch, you've got nothing but respect for how well Brooks did, just to hole the putts at the right time", Fleetwood said.
Koepka is 2 under par through nine at Shinnecock Hills and 1 over for the tournament.
The 2016 champion negotiated the back nine in one-over on a day when strong winds and low humidity baked the greens dry and left a couple of them on the verge of being unplayable.
The first 11 groups had a scoring average of 73.6; the last 11 groups the top 22 golfers through the first 36 holes averaged 77.
I think what makes the last day of any major exciting is fireworks and we certainly had that today with Tommy Fleetwood's 63 and lots of players making birdies and bogeys as well.
Say this for Johnson: He has played in the absolute worst conditions every round this Open, and he leads the thing.
But even Fleetwood (282) left Shinnecock with regrets, missing an 8-foot birdie putt on 18 that would have given him a 62 and tied him with Koepka for the lead.
Rose was one shot behind, with Stenson another shot behind.
Look for further U.S. Open coverage from Yahoo Sports, direct from Shinnecock Hills. He shot a 72 in almost unplayable conditions on Saturday when Johnson stumbled to a 77 to climb back into the mix and was steady and often spectacular over the final 18 holes. At the time Fleetwood posted, Koepka was 1 over and had to preserve par over 12 holes to maintain his lead.
He would actually make five birdies in the opening seven holes and have the galleries in hysterics with his United States of America themed attire and thunderbolt play. They were unexpectedly thrown into their first final group at a major experience and both Tony Finau and Daniel Berger will be better for it.
Koepka won four times on the Challenge Tour and earned his first European Tour card in 2013.
Fowler tapped in for birdie on the 18th hole for a 5-under 65.
The third major of the golfing season is The Open Championship at Carnoustie from 19-22 July 2018.
He went from behind the 13th green all the way off the front.
Still, the 12th-ranked player in the world had a special achievement on Sunday. "The speed of the greens picked up". The moves came after an uproar among players, who felt the course was unfair.
Compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick was also six over par after birdies on the first and fifth, with Masters champion Patrick Reed four over after picking up shots on the opening two holes. "I know it's a two-shot penalty".