Brooks Koepka defends U.S. Open title

Henrik Stenson has a British Open title already

As Koepka marched away to sign his card, odd was asked if it was bittersweet to know that he's no longer the answer to the trivia question, the last guy to go back-to-back at the Open. "If they're best buddies, that's (what's) standing between me and the trophy". He played late on Saturday.

Had it not pushed the envelope with some needlessly risky pin positions near the edges of the greens on Saturday, there would probably be near universal praise for the way the U.S. Golf Association carried out its 118th national championship.

Fleetwood was one shot behind when he finished, and Koepka still had 11 holes to play.

Fleetwood finished at 2 over and Koepka never lost the lead.

How did we end up here, with Koepka becoming the first player to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange did it in 1988 and 1989? Meanwhile Koepka saved pars from the fescue at the 12th and again at the 14th, lashing away long skeins of grass with his clubface.

After finding sand with his second shot at the par-three 11th, Koepka splashed out to around 12 feet and rolled in a clutch putt to ensure he only dropped one shot.

"There are obviously so many positives about the day", Fleetwood said. ". It could have been a big momentum shift there, and we could have been playing tennis just going back and forth". "I don't think I could have dreamed of this".

Overall, it was a brilliant display of shot-making and putting by the 27-year-old from Southport, England, who this year successfully defended his title in Abu Dhabi.

He'd follow up a two-putt bogey, which was all he needed to take home the win.

He finished at 1-over 281, 13 shots higher than his winning score at Erin Hills a year ago. It was the first time since 2013 at Merion that no one broke par in the US Open.

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"Everyone said Erin Hills was set up for me". I enjoy being pushed to the limit.

"I knew if you hit the fairway and hit the green you were going to have some good looks". You're a year removed on a different golf course.

But there odd was, standing on a sandy path leading to the clubhouse, ready to formally welcome Koepka into one of the most exclusive clubs in golf.

7 Koepka shot 75 in the first round at Shinnecock Hills, five over par, the last person to shot 5 over or more in the US Open and win was Raymond Floyd in 1986 at...

"I've got to give him a lot of credit".

But when Koepka knocked his approach shot snug on 16 to push the lead to even par with two holes to play, there was no question that he was going clear every hurdle Shinnecock Hills provided this week.

Koepka moved to a career-best No. 4 in the world ranking. He might care even less if people talk about him as much as Johnson, Spieth or McIlroy.

"I'm at a loss for words right now", Koepka said. "He was busy grinding his tail off and I was busy grinding mine". "I love Dustin. He's one of my best friends". His career path shows a consistent upward curve and he's building on the times he's come close rather than letting the near misses destroy him.

After four grinding days at Shinnecock Hills, it was Koepka who topped the leaderboard with a one-over par total.

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