Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Koepka could use more wins, but his trophies are big

Koepka could use more wins, but his trophies are big

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson saw his four-shot lead disappear after firing a seven-over par 77, saying later that "I don't feel like I played bad", while many other players struggled on the lightning fast greens that saw good shots turn into bad as they rolled way past the hole or off the green altogether.

So when Mickelson finds it more advantageous to take a two stroke penalty than to "play it as it lies", instead of questioning his respect for the tournament, golf commentators should question the USGA's respect for the players who make its tournament worth watching.

Brooks Koepka has become the first player in three decades to win successive US Open titles as the American posted a one-shot victory at Shinnecock Hills in NY.

"When we're all done, he's going to win another one", Koepka said.

"I knew what score it was for". Otherwise, it doesn't reward good players and is hard to watch.

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The 28-year-old said the U.S. Open particularly suited him, both in terms of how his game lends itself to the championship and the physical and mental demands it places on golfers. Unable to defend his title over the weekend, he called Koepka to give him advice on how to win the tournament.

A day after scores soared on the dried out greens, the US Golf Association admitted the course got out of hand, adding plenty of moisture and some slightly more forgiving pin positions.

However, playing with the lead at the start of the final round meant that Koepka was under pressure. Marc Leishman was near the lead partway through the third round before a four-putt triple bogey unravelled him, and he finished 45th after a 74 today. I was excited about it. "When it's that big an advantage to playing in the morning versus the afternoon, I think it takes away from the work that the guys have done the first two days".

"I looked at all these names a million times, it felt like, last year, just looking at everybody", Koepka said. "It was a little bit slower than I expected".

The U.S. Open is being broadcast by FOX.

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"But that's the way it's supposed to be", he said. "I don't think they'll have any issues".

"There's no-one more confident than me", Koepka said.

England's Tommy Fleetwood came within inches of making history as he surged into contention for a first major title in the 118th US Open on Sunday.

Berger took advantage of his mid-morning tee time with a six-birdie sortie, finishing nearly an hour before halfway leader Dustin Johnson was due to tee off. He was in a four-way tie for the lead after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills and shot 68 on a benign course for a 1-over 281 total as no player could match par.

He then smashed a 372-yard drive at the par-4 3rd, and stuck the approach to inside four feet. He still had a chance to catch Koepka as he lined up a 62-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole, but he wound up three-putting for bogey.

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Thornberry battled the course on Thursday and ended the day at 6 over, just 7 shots from the leader, Dustin Johnson who sat at 1 under after the first round. Johnson did not speak to reporters after the round was over. But he stumbled on the back stretch, bogeying 11 and 12 and falling as far as four strokes off the lead.

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