Back 2 Back! Brooks Koepka Wins Another US Open

When he gets out front Dustin Johnson is a tough player to catch

Brooks Koepka has won a second consecutive U.S. Open, the first player to do so since Curtis Strange in 1989. It was the first U.S. Open since 2013 where no golfer broke par.

And with a cool head and a hot putter, he didn't give anyone a chance down the stretch Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

Speaking about the birdie putt, Fleetwood added on Fox Sports: "I knew what it was for and I started it on the line I wanted to, but it was a little bit slower than I thought".

"US Open just takes so much discipline; sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy", he said. And to finally do it, it's much more gratifying the second time.

"I always feel like I'm overlooked". After his final round he said: "It really, really was testing this week to be honest with you. A pity they manage to destroy a lovely golf course". "When I knew I wasn't going to be at Augusta, probably about a week before, I really did miss it".

But when Koepka knocked his approach shot snug on 16 to push the lead to even par with two holes to play, there was no question that he was going clear every hurdle Shinnecock Hills provided this week.

The USGA accepted the situation had got out of hand on Long Island Saturday and watered the course overnight, as well as altering some hole locations to make scoring easier.

As for the chance for a 62, Fleetwood was well aware of that score standing over a nine-footer for birdie on the 18th hole.

Finau, a victor at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, said he wouldn't be trying to change his aggressive style despite some costly errors.

Patrick Reed made five birdies during the first seven holes to earn a share of the lead, but he followed that streak with a run of three bogeys in four holes.

After overpowering the wide-open Erin Hills, he kept his nerve through four brutal days at Shinnecock.

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"He's proven he can win on a classic" course, odd said.

Four players began the final day at three-under and in the lead. Nowhere was that more evident than on the par-3 11th.

Koepka pulled it to the left, down the slope, and into thick grass.

Henrik Stenson made one birdie and picked up three shots on the leader. "Because it could have been a big momentum shift there, and we could have been playing tennis just going back and forth".

It meant McIlroy missed the cut at the US Open for the third straight year.

He will be very disappointed that he didn't hole one of those but he has to remember that he did the hard bit - hitting the shots to get those birdie opportunities - and he didn't make bad putts.

Fleetwood, whose fourth place behind Koepka at Erin Hills a year ago is his best major finish to date, said: "I never thought I was out of it, I just needed a good start".

Johnson hit the ball almost as well as Koepka. Only five players had ever shot a 63 before in the major known as "golf's ultimate test", until the Englishman switched on his heroics. "It wasn't great for me, but it was great as a golfer to watch how he did it".

Koepka, 28, played at FSU from 2009-12 before turning pro; he has nine professional victories, including two on the PGA Tour.

And although a bogey on the ninth halted his progress, the European number one was just three shots off the pace as the final few groups headed onto the course. He entered the final hole in third place.

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