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Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champ

US Open 2018 Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods will be gunning for glory at Shinnecock Hills GETTYUS Open 2018 Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods will be gunning for glory at Shinnecock Hills
Cary Erickson | 18 June, 2018, 08:31

A new, quirky venue like Erin Hills might not have been held in high regard, but the rich history of Shinnecock?

Fox TV assigned odd to be the announcer to follow Koepka on every hole - a logical choice but one that could have spooked some players. "But he won on a classic, so he's an Open player".

"This one is a lot sweeter", Koepka said.

The pain in his wrist, which had felt like someone was jabbing him with a knife as he finished last at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, was gone. That pressure may crush lesser golfers, but it heightened Koepka's game. I was in a soft cast all the way up to my elbow.

Johnson did not hear those words of praise.

"I was just going back and forth and I'd gladly take the two shots over continuing that display, " he said.

During the spring, Elliott would occasionally drive from Orlando to Jupiter, Fla., to check on his boss. Johnson congratulated Koepka on No. 18 before they headed off to very different evenings. You know, I couldn't pick anything up with my left hand. I have no idea how he does it. Next year: Pebble Beach.

"A 62 was more on my mind than where I was in the tournament coming down the last few holes", said the 27-year-old from Southport. "I don't think it crossed the line, but it was as hard of golf as we can play".

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"It's much more gratifying the second time", said Koepka, who had battled a partially torn wrist tendon that sidelined him almost four months since his major breakthrough a year ago.

Finau, who went into the final round tied for the lead, playing in the final group with Daniel Berger, shot a 2-over-par 72 to finish at 285 in fifth place, four strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka. At their morning workout Sunday, Johnson even pointed out to Koepka, who hadn't yet seen the placements, that they were more gettable. The double bogey dropped Finau below Patrick Reed, who finished fourth. He chopped that up the slope with so much speed that it raced across the green and into the bunker. It's the same game I've been playing for 24 years now. "He probably plays more conservatively in majors".

"I knew what score it was for".

Johnson has numerous same physical and mental attributes, and they've each benefited from the other's intense focus and discipline.

"That's the way it's supposed to be", odd said. But when you think of the things that happened in the past, you have to err on the side of caution. "We didn't drive it that great, but you can make up so much with a hot putter".

Koepka captured his second major Sunday. 11, 12 and 14. With that, he had to get up and down from 62 yards to keep his one-shot lead. Hall of Famer Gary Player called it "the worst golf course I have ever seen in the 63 years as a professional golfer", and Henrik Stenson said the greens were like "putting on broccoli".

"We want the U.S. Open to be tough, but we saw some examples late in the day where well executed shots were not only not being rewarded, but in some cases penalised".

"Heck no!" he said.