Dustin Johnson's US Open hopes fade on back 9

Zach Johnson plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

It represents the last chance in this early-summer swing to get his name back on the leaderboard, an opportunity to light fire to a pedestrian campaign like he did a year ago.

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - The U.S. Open returned to one of its historic venues, and Shinnecock Hills did not disappoint.

Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in almost three decades by handling a Shinnecock Hills course that varied from beastly to benign. Koepka made only two birdies in a hard-earned round of 72, leaving him in position to become the first back-to-back victor of the US Open since Curtis Strange in 1989. It blew harder than we thought it was going to blow.

Koepka went 1 up on U.S. Open trophies. Fitting, really, that it was a par at a U.S. Open in which pars were so tough to get.

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.

Started in a share at three-over, he took the lead on the back nine and cruised in, even making a long bogey putt at the 11th. He came to the 18th hole with a chance to establish the all-time scoring record, and from the fairway he cut a lovely 6-iron that settled to eight feet. Xander Schauffele tied for second, with Hideki Matsuyama another shot behind. This is final year of Woods being exempt to the U.S. Open as a past champion.

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A few minutes after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Ian Finnis leaned against a metal barricade near the clubhouse at Shinnecock Hills. "But there is no doubt, if you look at how this morning played vs. this afternoon, it was a tale of two golf courses", Davis said. "That's pretty good. I've got some catching up to do".

Still, he would have liked to have that last putt, which just slid by the hole.

Patrick Reed doesn't lack confidence. He had broken out of the pack with three birdies in the first four holes. Only seven times a player has opened a calendar year by the winning the season's first two majors.

Johnson didn't have anything that wild - not like the 82 he had at Pebble Beach when he entered the final round with a three-shot lead in the 2010 U.S. Open. A tough 12-footer limited the damage at 11 to a bogey after he hit into the greenside rough and from there into a bunker. A missed short par putt at 18 officially ended his hope of the major double.

Koepka has now won 10 times around the world, three of them coming on the PGA Tour, and will move up from his current rank of No. 9 in the world. Tony Finau and Daniel Berger faced the same scenario. Finau strung together three consecutive bogeys at Nos. The lanky, quicksilver talent Finau found himself to make four birdies in seven holes around the turn.

I always felt badly for 2004 U.S. Open victor Retief Goosen because that win at Shinnecock always has been overshadowed by the USGA completely losing the golf course by failing to apply enough water and creating a competitive imbalance by having to water the seventh green between groups on the final day. His conviction didn't waiver after an opening-round 75, didn't tremble during a brutal test of survival in the third round when grueling Shinnecock, high winds and quick greens shook most everyone else. "We also adjusted some hole locations in a manner similar to what we did in Round 1, reviewing our initial selections and comparing them against our weather forecast and other agronomic data".

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