Brooks Koepka wins second straight US Open

Dustin Johnson from downtownMore

Dustin Johnson from downtownMore

Johnson, 33, ranks second on Tour in driving distance, averaging 315 yards, and he hit a 489-yard drive at the WGC-Dell Match Play championship in March, the longest since ShotLink began tracking such things in 2003.

That is not to say the week sailed by without incident.

UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATIONU.S. OPENSite: Southampton, N.Y. He played in the afternoon wind tunnel Thursday, the spitting morning rain Friday and then the baked-out moonscape late Saturday.

It was also the 40th major championship since Tiger Woods won his last one in 2008.

There were plenty of highs and lows this week on Long Island.

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Welcome to the Monday Finish, where Koepka became the first player to successfully defend his U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange in 1989.

The victory comes less than two months after Koepka returned from a left wrist injury, a partially torn tendon that had kept him out of action since January.

No one took advantage like Tommy Fleetwood, who made eight birdies - none of the two par 5s - and became the sixth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. Open. Fleetwood entered the clubhouse at 2-over par, and after both Koepka and Johnson bogeyed the 11th hole, Fleetwood's score looked strong enough to put him in contention for a playoff.

"It was a good one", Fleetwood said. But when we look at the payouts earned by Brooks Koepka and his nearest competitor at the U.S. Open, we see that it's not quite true.

Reed had birdied his first three holes to move into a share of the lead by the time the final groups teed off, only for Koepka to drain a 20-footer at the second and hole from close range at the next to open up a two-shot cushion. Off went Fleetwood, who set the grass on fire with his 63 that included six 3s on his back nine.

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Only one of them did, which is why Koepka is the US Open champion. Parziale has a full-time job as a firefighter in Brockton, Massachusetts. Finally, a two-way tie for fourth would have been worth $516,551.

There is a reason the course is so revered. "I can really appreciate how hard it is to win a major, and to win back-to-back is special, and my second major is cool". "The winning score right on even par and making guys sweat through it all day". Course: Shinnecock Hills GC. Yardage: 7,445. But it happened again.

The USGA had the hoses out after the final pairing most of the evening, watering the greens in an attempt to lessen the scorching and preserve some of the grass.

Davis promised to slow down the course for Sunday's final round. Why didn't the USGA have the guts to disqualify him rather than leave a can of worms opened for anybody else who wants to run after their moving ball and take a two shot penalty?

Does Johnson face the possibility of criticism for not pouncing on his opportunities at majors?

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The U.S. Open is being broadcast by FOX. Unusual was two strokes off the lead heading into the final round in 1990 and finished 21st; he also finished tied for fourth in 1987. In his defense, he got the worst of the over-baked setup on Saturday and did not play poorly in shooting a 77. Open double since Jordan Spieth accomplished the feat in 2015. Rahm and Day seemed out of sorts from the beginning. The murmurs started: Maybe Reed could follow his Masters win with a triumph at the U.S. Open.

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