Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open at Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 17: Brooks Koepka of the United States waves from the sixth green during the final round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 17, 2018 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open at Shinnecock

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Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open at Shinnecock

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Brooks Koepka joins Curtis Strange in the record books.

Koepka closed in 2-under 68 to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion since Strange in 1988 and ’89. Here’s a look back at how he got it done…

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UPDATE No. 30 (6:32 p.m. ET): Koepka makes a sloppy bogey at 18, but that’s just fine. He gets in at 1-over 281, and Tony Finau can only get in at 2 over at best. So Brooks is your champion!

UPDATE No. 29 (6:12 p.m. ET): Koepka pars the 17th and remains at Even.

He takes a two-shot lead to the 72nd hole. Tony Finau is 3 over with two to play. He’s the only one on the course who can still best 2 over and challenge Koepka.

UPDATE No. 28 (6:07 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed misses a short par putt at the 18th, but it little mattered anyway.

His bogey leaves him with a 68 and a 4-over total. A valiant effort, but Reed’s run at getting halfway to the Grand Slam is over.

UPDATE No. 27 (5:55 p.m. ET): Koepka stuffs his third shot from 123 yards to 4 feet at the par-5 16th and drains the birdie putt! This might be over.

This restores him to Even par and a two-shot lead with two to play.

UPDATE No. 26 (5:38 p.m. ET): Koepka pars 15, Reed par 16, Johnson birdies 15, Finau birdies 14.

That leaves us with this…

  • 1. Koepka: +1 (thru 15)
  • 2. Fleetwood: +2 (F)
  • 3. Reed: +3 (thru 16)
  • 3. Johnson: +3 (thru 15)
  • 3. Finau: +3 (thru 14)

UPDATE No. 25 (5:26 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka is so solid!!

He drains a 9-footer for par at the 14th to keep a one-shot lead at 1 over.

UPDATE No. 24 (5:20 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed buries a mid-range birdie putt at the 15th and he’s now back to 3 over! A par 5 to come and he’s just two back of Koepka, who has 10 feet for par at the 14th.

UPDATE No. 23 (5:08 p.m. ET): Koepka two-putts for par at the 13th. His lead remains one at 1 over.

Fleetwood is obviously still 2 over. Dustin Johnson is 3 over. Patrick Reed, Tony Finau and Daniel Berger are all at 4 over.

UPDATE No. 22 (4:46 p.m. ET): Koepka goes long at the par-3 11th, and that is dead.

All he can do is pitch back into the bunker, and he blasts from there to 13 feet. He then drains that putt for a huge bogey. Yet, his lead is down to one at 1 over. Fleetwood is in at +2.

Dustin Johnson three-putts from 35 feet for bogey at the 11th and falls to 3 over.

UPDATE No. 21 (4:31 p.m. ET): Koepka is looking unflappable. He stuffs it at No. 10 and drains a 7-footer for birdie. He now leads by two at Even par.

UPDATE No. 20 (4:17 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka enters the back nine with a one-shot lead at 1 over. He’s nine holes from being the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in almost 30 years.

Here’s the current leaderboard:

UPDATE No. 19 (4:06 p.m. ET): Reed misses a short par putt at the ninth and he’s out in 4-under 31.

That’s tough, but he’s just one back at 2 over. Brooks Koepka leads alone at 1 over. Reed, DJ and Fleetwood are all at 2 over.

UPDATE No. 18 (3:55 p.m. ET): So close, Tommy…

His 9-foot birdie putt at the last goes begging. But he still fires a record-tying 63, he’s one back in the clubhouse. Will it be enough? We’ll see…

UPDATE No. 17 (3:36 p.m. ET): This is getting intense.

Koepka bogeys No. 6 to fall to 1 over, which means he and Reed are now tied. Fleetwood parred No. 17. He needs a birdie for a new U.S. Open record 62 and to get in at 1 over. A par means 63 and 2 over.

Either score is a nice number to have in the clubhouse. After that, he’ll just have to wait.

UPDATE No. 16 (3:30 p.m. ET): Holy Patrick Reed.

He rolls in a mid-range putt for birdie at No. 7 to move to 5 under for the round and within one at 1 over. He and Koepka have played 12 holes and made eight birdies.

Fleetwood makes a disappointing par at No. 16 to remain two back at 2 over. A 1-under finish in his last two holes, though, means 62.

UPDATE No. 15 (3:21 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka finds the green in two at the par-5 fifth and two-putts for birdie from 60+ feet. His lead is back to two as he gets to Even par.

UPDATE No. 14 (3:14 p.m. ET): Tommy Fleetwood is unfathomably hot. He drains another long birdie putt for four in a row, and he’s now 7 under on his final round with three to play!

He can shoot 62 and you know, win the U.S. Open. He’s now ONE back. What a round and comeback. He started the day six behind.

UPDATE No. 13 (3:05 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed hits a poor greenside bunker shot at the par-5 fifth but drains a 19-footer for birdie, and he’s back within one at 2 over. Four birdies in his first five holes. Birdies everywhere!!

UPDATE No. 12 (3 p.m. ET): What’d we say? Fleetwood birdies No. 14 for three straight, and he’s now in a tie for second at 3 over. After starting the day six back, he’s now within two! Six under for the round!!!!

UPDATE No. 11 (2:55 p.m. ET): Don’t overlook the English.

Tommy Fleetwood is 5 under through 13 and Matthew Fitzpatrick is 4 under through 10 on their rounds. Both have reached 4 over and are tied for fourth and three back.

UPDATE No. 10 (2:50 p.m. ET): Back-to-back birdies for Brooks! He now leads by two at 1 over. The defending champ is not content to give up his trophy.

UPDATE No. 9 (2:35 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka birdies No. 2 by draining a 21-footer for birdie and he takes back the solo lead at 2 over!

Daniel Berger missed a 5-footer for birdie at the first to move back into a share.

UPDATE No. 8 (2:23 p.m. ET): Patrick. Reed.

He stuffs a wedge at the third to 4 feet and rolls in the birdie putt. That’s a birdie-birdie-birdie start, and Reed is now TIED FOR THE LEAD at 3 over. Wow!!

UPDATE No. 7 (2:13 p.m. ET): BOOM!

Reed drains that putt and he’s now within one at 4 over.

UPDATE No. 6 (2:05 p.m. ET): Oh here we go…

Patrick Reed birdies No. 1 and now hits his tee shot to 6 feet at the par-3 second. If he makes that putt, he starts birdie-birdie and moves to within one at 4 over. The Masters champ is threatening to get halfway to the slam.

UPDATE No. 5 (1:30 p.m. ET): Here comes Tommy Fleetwood!

The Englishman birdies Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 7 to move to 4 under for the day. He is now 5 over for the tournament and just two back. Schauffele remains three back and Webb Simpson is now three back as well after birdies at Nos. 1 and 3.

UPDATE No. 4 (1:10 p.m. ET): Xander Schauffele, folks!

He begins birdie-birdie to move to 6 over and he’s now within three.

Schauffele started his run to greatness with a surprise T-5 at last year’s U.S. Open. Here’s more on him and his special relationship with his dad.

UPDATE No. 3 (12:45 p.m. ET): Fowler birdies the 18th for a closing 5-under 65. What a rebound from 84, as he finishes T-34. By day’s end, he may be top 25. Also, that 65 is the low round of the tournament.

Phil Mickelson fires a 1-under 69 to finish T-55 at 16 over. And the round included a humorous nod to Saturday’s events…

UPDATE No. 2 (12:05 p.m. ET): The USGA did water the course overnight, so there are more good numbers out there Sunday morning…

Rickie Fowler (+12) and Hideki Matsuyama (+10) are both 4 under for their rounds and five others are under par for the round. Phil Mickelson (+15) is 2 under for his round. There were actually nine players under par today at one point.

UPDATE No. 1 (10:50 a.m. ET): Welcome to U.S. Open Sunday!

Well, the course has been a bit gettable this morning. Phil Mickelson goes out in 3-under 32 and is now 14 over for the tournament. Rickie Fowler is 4 under through 10 and back to 12 over. There are still just five guys under par in their rounds so far.

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