US Open victor Koepka backs Fleetwood for major glory


After the greens weren't watered all weekend in 2004, not one player shot under par. He tied the record of 16-under past year at wide-open Erin Hills, and had enough to repeat at treacherous Shinnecock.

Fleetwood must console himself with a cheque for $1.2m and a share of history. He's one of the best players in the world.

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.

He holed eight birdies, including a superb run of four on the trot in the middle of the back nine, but missed an eight-foot putt on the last that would have seen him post a 62. He did not know it but a play-off was also on the line. The first, of course, ended with a win. I'm a great fan of Mickelson but I was appalled. "I think they misjudged the strength of the wind".

"I don't want to say I didn't think I could do it", Koepka said.

Tommy Fleetwood of England hits an approach shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y.

Claiming his third victory on the US PGA Tour, world No.9 Koepka will pocket a winner's cheque of $US2.16 million ($A2.90 million).

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Instead, the speedy Mbaye Niang got in front of his defender, nicked the ball away from Szczesny and rolled it into the empty net. Senegal were not at their best in the first half, but it was they who did most of the running and looked to make things happen.

Finau spoke just as Johnson, with a halfway total of four-under 136, teed off with a four-stroke lead over Piercy and Charley Hoffman, while a high-calibre group of five was another shot further back at one-over. On Sunday, they were playing side by side without exchanging words, each trying to play a course that was considerably softer than the previous day. He has every excuse in the book - and he's still part of a four-way lead, along with Berger, Finau and defending Open champion Brooks Koepka. Others chose more stark terms, like Zach Johnson, who said the course was "lost".

"He was busy grinding his tail off and I was busy grinding mine".

Speaking to reporters alongside the 18th green as the crowd waited for one more group to finish, odd said winning the second time was harder. "Hell, I came close, and he'd beat me like a yard dog". "It would have been fun to duel it out with him coming down the end, having to make some putts".

For a brief moment, it appeared reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed might haul his "Captain America" nickname out of the Ryder Cup and into a major.

Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in almost three decades by handling a Shinnecock Hills course that varied from beastly to benign. I did it a bit differently this time because I struggled and fell away a bit in the third round but came back really well. Anderson won his third straight in 1905. "To have my name on there twice is pretty incredible, and to go back-to-back is even more extraordinary".

Mickelson chased after his travelling ball on the 13th green on day three and struck it before it could roll further from the hole, breaching rule 14.5 which prohibits a player from hitting a moving ball. Matt Parziale earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Mid-Amateur, and then became the first mid-am to make the cut in 15 years.