Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Koepka repeats as U.S. Open champ for first time since 1989

Koepka repeats as U.S. Open champ for first time since 1989

US Open champion Brooks Koepka might not have a love for golf but he was born into this world to play in one the sport's biggest competitions. I knew what it was for.

"Yeah, we flew up Saturday morning", patriarch Bob Koepka said eight days later, the sun about to set on another, even better history-making turn.

Koepka, 28, came into the week as an afterthought when compared to the superstars we know simply by their first names.

Not in the final round it wasn't, one day after the USGA conceded it lost a handle on the golf course. I enjoy being pushed to the limit.

Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, was the big favorite coming in to the tournament, after he won last week's FedEx St. Jude Classic by six strokes and regained the No. 1 world ranking. And when the son finally surpassed the father, there was Koepka's little brother, Chase, who teamed with Brooks in last year's two-man Zurich Classic of New Orleans, to worry about. "And to finally do it, it's much more gratifying the second time".

"I don't want to say I didn't think I could win another major, but I knew that it was going to be that much more hard and it's much more gratifying the second time". We also got Phil Mickelson's weird double-tap putt that led to a two-stroke penalty. "And to have him right there when I walked up 18, it was pretty special".

At one point in the U.S. Open, Koepka was 7-over following a first-round 75. However, ran out of gas on the back nine after posting three bogies through his first four holes. Next year I won't either as it might bring some good luck!'

Koepka repeats as U.S. Open champ for first time since 1989

Cowen told Omnisport: "I'd been to Memphis the week before last year's U.S. Open and watched him play all four rounds and his attitude and body language was very poor, so I pulled him to one side on the Tuesday at the U.S. Open and said, 'Look, you're not going to win anything with that sort of attitude'". The field though, made for a dramatic Sunday, including Tommy Fleetwood, who became the sixth player in U.S. history to record a score of 63. "Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy", he added.

Even so, he has 18 victories and is the only player to sweep the World Golf Championships, small fields with the best players.

Players who travel widely become more accomplished and well rounded golfers; after all, a strong wind in one country can be very different to that in another. On holes 11 and 12, after getting himself into tough predicaments he came through with bogey and par saves, respectively, to help him stay atop the leaderboard.

5 Rickie Fowler (65, T20) bettered his third-round 84 by 19 shots and shared the record for low front nine (31) for the week with Hideki Matsuyama (66, T16) and Reed.

They were to tee off at 2:24pm (1824 GMT) with just four shots separating 15 players. He took 73 putts on the weekend.

Justin Rose also continued his fantastic year with another good week. Those are the only guys that texted me. He carded three bogeys in his final seven holes of the day to finish with a 72, but those four pars he had to grind out in the same stretch left him in tie for first place and in the mix to win on Sunday. Masters champion Reed had birdied five of his first seven holes but three bogeys in four holes from the ninth halted his momentum and he dropped another shot on the 18th.

Only Scotland's Willie Anderson has ever won the
US Open three years in succession (1903-1905), a feat Koepka will try to emulate at Pebble Beach next year. Ben Hogan won three straight that he played, missing in 1949 after almost getting killed when his auto struck a bus.


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