After a highly controversial moving day at the US Open, including questionable course conditions and the deeply debated Phil Mickelson incident, there were 22 players within 5 shots of the lead on Sunday afternoon. However, Brooks Koepka ran away with it and won the 2018 US Open by one stroke.
Koepka said he tried to “stay patient and get off to a good start.” He noted that he saw good scores earlier in the morning and knew that he would have “good looks.” Koepka Said he knew that there would be “chances to build momentum” early in the round.
Patrick reed started his final round at six over and three back from the leaders. He quickly got on a run, making five birdies in his first seven holes. Reed was one of five players tied for the lead. He was on autopilot on the front nine and had a huge fist pump when he poured in his birdie putt on the fifth hole to get within one shot of Koepka.
Tommy Fleetwood refused to go away on Sunday. Fleetwood had a putt on the 18th green to become the first man to shoot 62 in the US Open. He became the sixth man to shoot 63 at the US Open when his birdie try just missed on the right. He was safely in the clubhouse at one behind the leaders. Koepka called Fleetwood’s round “incredible.”
His seven under round proved to be one too few and finished at 2 over par, just one stroke short of forcing a playoff with the US Open Champion Koepka.
Dustin Johnson struggled on the greens yesterday and those struggles carried over to his final round. He three putted on 11, 14 and 17.
Birdies at 15 and 18 were too little too late for Johnson and he finished at three over par for the tournament and two strokes behind Koepka.
Koepka scrambled several times after missing the green. After going long on the par 3 11th and ending up in the bunker he got up and down for a bogey by holing a long putt. He closed the door on Fleetwood and Johnson after throwing a dart on 16 and sinking his birdie putt to get a 2 shot cushion with 2 holes to play.
Koepka scrambled to get up and down one last time after he hooked his approach shot left of the green on 18. He played a chip left of the bunker and fed it down to the pin and two putts was enough to become the 7th man to win back to back US Opens.
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