Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Brooks Koepka wins back-to-back US Opens

Brooks Koepka wins back-to-back US Opens

American Brooks Koepka won his second straight U.S. Open on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, becoming the first repeat champion of the United States Golf Association's annual championship in nearly 30 years.

Pete Cowen revealed he laid down the gauntlet to fuel Brooks Koepka at Shinnecock Hills and can see the American winning more majors after clinching back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Koepka finished 1-over 281, putting him one stroke ahead of Fleetwood.

He was in trouble when he hit a wedge into the fescue left of the 11th green, especially when he and his caddie, Ricky Elliott, arrived at the ball and looked down to find it nesting in long grass that was pointing away from the green. The best they could hope for was to hack the ball out and let it roll into the bunker on the other side of the green.

The low scores will undoubtedly milk the attention on Koepka's scorecard, but it was the saved par from challenging positions on the 12th and 13th, and his stunning chip to a couple of feet on 16 that were highlights of a championship winning performance. He blasted that out to 8 feet and made the putt to keep his lead at one shot.

"I'll tell you what", said Elliott, who has worked for Koepka for five years, "he's been one of the best putters on TOUR for two or three years".

Brooks Koepka is now alone in the lead with a 2-over 213. Koepka is the seventh golfer overall to win consecutive U.S. Open tournaments, but he is just the third player to do it since World War II.

Of course Bob had every confidence his son Brooks would win, too - he might not have put his money on the horse, who he thought would wear out on the long track, but sure as hell took his son's name in the pool at his Florida club.

He did everything he could do not to have surgery and after lots of rehab he finally got back and played his way back in to form over the past few weeks. "I made my highest finish in a major and it's just more proof I can get up there". Last year, playing with him in the final round, it was pretty impressive. It's a very competitive family.

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"It's much more gratifying the second time", said Koepka, who had battled a partially torn wrist tendon that sidelined him almost four months since his major breakthrough previous year.

The USGA were then forced to apologise after a number of players said the tournament organisers had "lost the golf course", branding it "unplayable", "unneccessary", "not a fair test of golf" and 'over the line'. "It doesn't matter what it is". He was behind Koepka's playing competitor, Dustin Johnson.

As for the notion that golfers aren't athletes, Joey D says one look at Koepka and Johnson will disprove that notion. "When I knew I wasn't going to be at Augusta, probably about a week before, I really did miss it".

He's the first man to win back-to-back US Open titles for 29 years. It might bring some good luck.

4 Fleetwood and Reed will be back. World No.1 Johnson finished third on +3 while Masters champion Patrick Reed was fourth. "He seems to move right on through life, which is a good thing". The television storyline involving Mickelson simply countenanced the belief for a number of players that the setting up of the golf course by the USGA was reverting back to what had happened in 2004.

Koepka had the luxury of requiring only a bogey at the par-four 18th, and he needed it after hooking his approach shot so far left it bounced off the base of a grandstand. I'm a great fan of Mickelson but I was appalled.

In what was one of the weirdest and unbelievable moments I've ever witnessed, Phil Mickelson intentionally chose to run after and hit his moving ball on the green to stop it from rolling back off the putting surface.

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