Koepka repeats as US Open champ

Dustin Johnson pumps his fist after making a 45-foot birdie putt on the 7th hole Friday

He will be very disappointed that he didn't hole one of those but he has to remember that he did the hard bit - hitting the shots to get those birdie opportunities - and he didn't make bad putts.

There's something to be said about a man who can win on a setup like we saw at Erin Hills where he posted a 16-under and going to Shinnecock where the conditions and setup were totally different and win with even par. "It's really unfortunate, because in my opinion, some of the best land and certainly one of the best venues in all of golf, especially in this country, is Shinnecock Hills". Koepka, with a final score of +1, became the seventh player in PGA Tour history to win back-to-back U.S. Open Championships.

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, who started the day one and two shots off the lead respectively, shot 73 and 71 as their bids for a second major title fizzled out.

It made for an exciting final round right from the start, with Masters victor Patrick Reed grabbing five birdies in his first seven holes, Matt Fitzpatrick also on the charge and then Koepka coming through. Tony Finau and Daniel Berger played in the final group but Berger was never in the hunt from early in the day, and Finau came up just short, messing up the 18th hole with a drive into the fescue.

He went on, after flopping his third shot onto the sloping-away green, to bogey the final hole, which, while putting him at one-over for the tournament, earned him the victory by one stroke.

After admitting they went "too far" with their course set-up for round three, USGA officials applied "appropriate levels" of water to the greens at Shinnecock Hills on Saturday night and Sunday morning, as well as selecting some more favourable pin positions. Only three players in the field shot under par on Saturday. 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 love Dustin. He's one of my best friends".

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The world number one double-bogeyed the second and dropped another four shots before the turn to slip back to two over before making a first birdie at the 11th in Long Island, where lightning quick greens and pin placements were causing all sorts of problems. He said the layoff only made him hungrier.

Koepka's magnificent performance looks even better when you consider that he missed the first three months of the year with a wrist injury.

Koepka now joins Willie Anderson, John McDermott, Bobby Jones, Ralph Guhldal, Ben Hogan, and Curtis Strange as back-to-back winners of the U.S. Open. "I feel you've got to take it (the title) from me to be honest".

At least not the ones who teed off in the afternoon. The conditions the first day were tough, but I just shot myself in the foot. Recently graduated Seminole Harry Ellis also completed the third and final leg of his Amateur run at the U.S. Open.

Finau had three straight bogeys from the second to the fourth and Berger dropped two shots in the same period.

Everything about 2018's event from the scoring perspective was the inverse of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

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