Defending champion Koepka wins another US Open

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

This is final year of Woods being exempt to the U.S. Open as a past champion.

While Shinnecock Hills has proved very hard to tame this term, Fleetwood gave himself a chance of landing his first Major.

"I always felt I could get myself back in it but when you finish you are always going to be just short, but we will see". And to finally do it, it's much more gratifying the second time.

"I wanted that crowd to be really loud and memorable but it was still great". Just as Erin Hills was previous year, the course seemed ideal for Koepka, whether it was playable or not.

Now a two-time major champion, Koepka said he was unfazed by continually being considered outside the biggest names.

"I feel for the membership right now". "Having said that, this golf course will get slowed down tonight". I just happened to play a little bit better that week.

A superb approach to the 18th left Fleetwood with eight feet to shoot 62, but the putt slid across the face of the 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. It cost him a chance in a playoff. He recovered from a bogey at 9 to card four consecutive birdies on holes 12-15.

"This week is just back to a typical U.S. Open, where one over par wins".

However, Finau entered the 18th hole tied for third place.

"Hell of a job", unusual said to him.

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. "The speed of the greens picked up". He was lights out on the greens, burying tough putts from 5-10 feet when his playing partner couldn't buy a birdie putt. "It was something I didn't think I could do from where I was".

"Koepka's one fescue shot away from not winning", he said just before the eventual victor birdied the 16th, a 616-yard par 5.

Johnson finished two strokes behind Koepka. "It was great as a golfer to watch how he did it and how he closed out". Johnson was one shot behind at the turn until three-putting three times on the back nine.

"It's unfortunate that our nation's tournament is already shot at a venue that they lost 14 years ago", Johnson told Sky Sports. We're extremely close. I love the guy to death.

So, in the end, Shinnecock prevailed again, pretty much fairly this time - though visions of 2004's asphalt-like greens danced in some players' heads on Saturday.

Only one of them did. 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.

He would actually make five birdies in the opening seven holes and have the galleries in hysterics with his United States of America themed attire and thunderbolt play. Anderson won a record three in a row from 1903-1905, so Koepka has that to shoot for at Pebble Beach in 2019. Anderson won his third straight in 1905. Ben Hogan won three straight that he played, missing in 1949 after almost getting killed when his vehicle struck a bus.

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