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US Open champ Koepka content to keep low profile

US Open champ Koepka content to keep low profile

As it turned out, Koepka avoided a bit of an injury issue right before repeating as U.S. Open champion.

Koepka pulled his approach to the 18th off the grandstand, pitched on to about 12 feet and two-putted for a bogey.

Koepka started Sunday in a four-way tie for the lead.

Masters champion Patrick Reed closed with a two-under 68 to finish fourth at four-over. Finau finished in fifth and four players ended in a tie for sixth.

U.S. Open just takes so much discipline, he said.

"To be honest with you, I probably couldn't have dreamed of it in my wildest dreams". It's the second year in a row I haven't got him anything for Father's Day. "I have beaten everybody but one player in one of the biggest events in the world, so one shot - it is what it is".

He was assessed a two-shot penalty for taking a stroke at a moving ball (rule 14-5) rather than acting "with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play" (rule 1-2).

Mike Davis had said prior to the tournament there would not be a repeat of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock, where greenstaff were having to water the 7th green in between groups after players.

Brooks Koepka has backed Tommy Fleetwood to follow in his footsteps as a major champion after denying the Englishman a maiden victory at Shinnecock Hills. On a day when he converted eight birdie putts totaling 161 feet, his 8½-footer for No. 9 just curled off to the right on the par-4 18th. That was three years ago at the Phoenix Open. "And today that ended up being Brooks Koepka".

"His game has been in a good position all year, he's putted great, I think Jason Day is the only player with better putting stats this year", said Furyk, who met with Mickelson after he missed the cut in St. Louis. They are always great with me and I am very grateful for the support I get over here. You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back.

The meltdown on Saturday's course preparation signalled to a number of players that the USGA is simply unable to create a competitive balancing act that blends the concepts of tough and fair together.

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Even if Koepka comes out on top, Fleetwood will still feel like a victor on father's day. Koepka was 6 over par, with just three birdies.

Koepka continues to hold his lead due to clutch pars like this one.

Fleetwood then had to watch for more than two hours as the leaders completed their rounds. He was tied for the lead when he ran off five birdies in his opening seven holes.

"He's going to win another one", Koepka said. I enjoy hard golf courses.

"That's the golf course I enjoy playing", Fowler said. "Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that is what I enjoy".

The USGA admitted that their course setup on Saturday was unfair and they messed up.

"I mean, you go from playing some of the best golf I've probably ever played to probably being at the lowest point professionally that I've been".

Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Matt Parziale and Louisiana State University rising senior Luis Gagne shared low-amateur honors at 16-over 296.

A move before the U.S. Open is the best fit, especially for the title sponsor of two PGA Tour events. This was also the first year of the USGA's new exemption for the previous year's victor of the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He has become only the third man in post-war going history to retain that title in totally different circumstances. "We grinded our tail off this week to come back from seven-over (on Friday) and do what we did".

3 The victor wasn't anxious about third-place Dustin Johnson (70).

The 27-year-old from Southport could have set up an exclusive US Open club of his very own.


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