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Koepka wins second straight US Open Championship

25 June 2018

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.

He finished at 1-over 281, 13 shots higher than his winning score at Erin Hills past year.

It's a second shot golf course and the greens are much smaller in play than they look.

Somehow, tying a U.S. Open record with a final-round 63 wasn't totally satisfying for Tommy Fleetwood. He parred 17 as his hopes of matching the lowest round in major championship history - the 62 shot by Branden Grace at the 2017 British Open - dwindled. He did not know it but a play-off was also on the line. Taking advantage of friendly pin placements and relatively light winds, Fleetwood became the sixth man to shoot 63 at a U.S. Open and joined Johnny Miller as the only man to do it in the final round.

Koepka won his first major at last year's US Open where he finished four shots clear of Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.

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Reigning Race to Dubai champion Fleetwood started his final round with two birdies in the first three holes and went on to record a total of eight birdies.

"You would say he can win more majors, he's young enough, he's number four in the world now and when you are at that sort of standard you are always capable of winning more". The South African won at Shinnecock in 2004, then led by three shots at Pinehurst the next year.

When second place was secured, he said: "Watching him down the stretch, you have nothing but respect for Brooks and how he played it".

Playing with world no. 1 and best friend Dustin Johnson, Koepka played a steady, often brilliant round.

Reed's bid to claim the second leg of the calendar grand slam faltered with three bogeys in four holes around the turn, Koepka moving two ahead with a birdie on the 10th before scrambling to salvage a bogey on the next after firing his tee shot over the green and his second into a greenside bunker.

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"But I didn't talk to him today", Koepka said.

He was tied for the lead when he ran off five birdies in his opening seven holes.

U.S. Open just takes so much discipline, he said. He never complained about Shinnecock, at least publicly, even when it was crazy-tough on Saturday afternoon.

There have been exceptional golfers who have spent their lives unsuccessfully chasing big titles, however Koepka seems to have a gift for these big moments, often walking away with success. "That was a huge difference that got him back in this championship", Paul Azinger said on FOX. The putt would just slide by, however, and a few hours later he would find that the putt would have forced a playoff with Brooks Koepka. Tony Finau shot a 72 and had several opportunities to put his imprint on the final round, but he could not muster any consistency.

The 2016 victor of the major was almost joined by England's Ian Poulter, who achieved three birdies in four holes on the back nine of the course.

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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.

Koepka wins second straight US Open Championship