US Open: Brooks Koepka holds off Tommy Fleetwood to defend title

Heading into the final round of the U.S. Open, the question isn't just who will win, but will anyone finish at even par for the tournament.

It was the first time since 2013 at Merion that no one broke par in the US Open, and of the four overnight leaders, Koepka was the only player to shoot an under par final round.

Johnson finished at 3-over for the tournament, two shots behind the victor, Brooks Koepka, also his close friend and playing partner Sunday.

Johnson is tied with Americans Daniel Berger, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka.

It happened again Saturday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

With horrific pin placements and lightning-quick greens on a windy Long Island, big names who missed the 36-hole cut included top-10 players Jordan Spieth Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Australia's Jason Day, as well as three-time US Open victor Tiger Woods.

Fans watch Brooks Koepka on 18 during the final round of the US Open. In turn, Koepka is awarded the tournament's top prize of $2.16 million, while Fleetwood earns a payday just south of $1.3 million.

Finau was trying to become the first player with local ties to win a U.S. Open since ex-BYU golfer Johnny Miller won in 1973 at Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

Even if Koepka comes out on top, Fleetwood will still feel like a victor on father's day.

Despite all the difficulties, Johnson steadied himself to arrive at the 18th tee with a one-stroke lead. He had broken out of the pack with three birdies in the first four holes.

Masters champion Patrick Reed flirted with the second leg of the Grand Slam. He's birdied six times in the final round. Left wrists are to right-handed golfers what knees are to NFL running backs and elbows are to major league pitchers.

What Mickelson's actions yesterday cost him.

World number one Dustin Johnson shot a 70 to finish third on three over.

Koepka starting to gain some separation, but ever so slightly.

A six-foot birdie at the 10th gave him a two-stroke lead.

For Fleetwood, there were shades of previous year since he put up a stout challenge when playing alongside Koepka, before settling for a tie for fourth place.

"It's easy to look at it and think I was one shy, but there's so many positives to look at and so much that you can take and learn from it".

Fleetwood had set the clubhouse lead at two over after a scintillating seven-under-par 63 - the equal lowest round in US Open history. The pressure is on! "I don't want to say that I didn't think I could do it, but [back-to-back] made it that much more hard", he explained. He's now tied in the lead for first.

Reed, though, couldn't keep up the momentum after bogeys at 10, 11 and 12.

Fleetwood is finishing strong at 6-under through 14 holes and is now in second. For the leaders paring the back nine to beat the Englishman's 282 was no simple task and only Koepka was up to it. "Having said that, this golf course will get slowed down tonight".

In the end the defender made a couple of back nine birdies to offset two bogeys.

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