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Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open at Shinnecock

Golfweek logo Golfweek 6/17/2018 Kevin Casey
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Brooks Koepka joins Curtis Strange in the record books.

Koepka closed in 2-under 68 to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion since Strange in 1988 and '89. Here's a look back at how he got it done…

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UPDATE No. 30 (6:32 p.m. ET): Koepka makes a sloppy bogey at 18, but that's just fine. He gets in at 1-over 281, and Tony Finau can only get in at 2 over at best. So Brooks is your champion!

UPDATE No. 29 (6:12 p.m. ET): Koepka pars the 17th and remains at Even.

He takes a two-shot lead to the 72nd hole. Tony Finau is 3 over with two to play. He's the only one on the course who can still best 2 over and challenge Koepka.

UPDATE No. 28 (6:07 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed misses a short par putt at the 18th, but it little mattered anyway.

His bogey leaves him with a 68 and a 4-over total. A valiant effort, but Reed's run at getting halfway to the Grand Slam is over.

UPDATE No. 27 (5:55 p.m. ET): Koepka stuffs his third shot from 123 yards to 4 feet at the par-5 16th and drains the birdie putt! This might be over.

This restores him to Even par and a two-shot lead with two to play.

UPDATE No. 26 (5:38 p.m. ET): Koepka pars 15, Reed par 16, Johnson birdies 15, Finau birdies 14.

That leaves us with this…

1. Koepka: +1 (thru 15)

2. Fleetwood: +2 (F)

3. Reed: +3 (thru 16)

3. Johnson: +3 (thru 15)

3. Finau: +3 (thru 14)

UPDATE No. 25 (5:26 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka is so solid!!

He drains a 9-footer for par at the 14th to keep a one-shot lead at 1 over.

UPDATE No. 24 (5:20 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed buries a mid-range birdie putt at the 15th and he's now back to 3 over! A par 5 to come and he's just two back of Koepka, who has 10 feet for par at the 14th.

UPDATE No. 23 (5:08 p.m. ET): Koepka two-putts for par at the 13th. His lead remains one at 1 over.

Fleetwood is obviously still 2 over. Dustin Johnson is 3 over. Patrick Reed, Tony Finau and Daniel Berger are all at 4 over.

UPDATE No. 22 (4:46 p.m. ET): Koepka goes long at the par-3 11th, and that is dead.

All he can do is pitch back into the bunker, and he blasts from there to 13 feet. He then drains that putt for a huge bogey. Yet, his lead is down to one at 1 over. Fleetwood is in at +2.

Dustin Johnson three-putts from 35 feet for bogey at the 11th and falls to 3 over.

UPDATE No. 21 (4:31 p.m. ET): Koepka is looking unflappable. He stuffs it at No. 10 and drains a 7-footer for birdie. He now leads by two at Even par.

UPDATE No. 20 (4:17 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka enters the back nine with a one-shot lead at 1 over. He's nine holes from being the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in almost 30 years.

Here's the current leaderboard:

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UPDATE No. 19 (4:06 p.m. ET): Reed misses a short par putt at the ninth and he's out in 4-under 31.

That's tough, but he's just one back at 2 over. Brooks Koepka leads alone at 1 over. Reed, DJ and Fleetwood are all at 2 over.

UPDATE No. 18 (3:55 p.m. ET): So close, Tommy…

His 9-foot birdie putt at the last goes begging. But he still fires a record-tying 63, he's one back in the clubhouse. Will it be enough? We'll see…

UPDATE No. 17 (3:36 p.m. ET): This is getting intense.

Koepka bogeys No. 6 to fall to 1 over, which means he and Reed are now tied. Fleetwood parred No. 17. He needs a birdie for a new U.S. Open record 62 and to get in at 1 over. A par means 63 and 2 over.

Either score is a nice number to have in the clubhouse. After that, he'll just have to wait.

UPDATE No. 16 (3:30 p.m. ET): Holy Patrick Reed.

He rolls in a mid-range putt for birdie at No. 7 to move to 5 under for the round and within one at 1 over. He and Koepka have played 12 holes and made eight birdies.

Fleetwood makes a disappointing par at No. 16 to remain two back at 2 over. A 1-under finish in his last two holes, though, means 62.

UPDATE No. 15 (3:21 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka finds the green in two at the par-5 fifth and two-putts for birdie from 60+ feet. His lead is back to two as he gets to Even par.

UPDATE No. 14 (3:14 p.m. ET): Tommy Fleetwood is unfathomably hot. He drains another long birdie putt for four in a row, and he's now 7 under on his final round with three to play!

He can shoot 62 and you know, win the U.S. Open. He's now ONE back. What a round and comeback. He started the day six behind.

UPDATE No. 13 (3:05 p.m. ET): Patrick Reed hits a poor greenside bunker shot at the par-5 fifth but drains a 19-footer for birdie, and he's back within one at 2 over. Four birdies in his first five holes. Birdies everywhere!!

UPDATE No. 12 (3 p.m. ET): What'd we say? Fleetwood birdies No. 14 for three straight, and he's now in a tie for second at 3 over. After starting the day six back, he's now within two! Six under for the round!!!!

UPDATE No. 11 (2:55 p.m. ET): Don't overlook the English.

Tommy Fleetwood is 5 under through 13 and Matthew Fitzpatrick is 4 under through 10 on their rounds. Both have reached 4 over and are tied for fourth and three back.

UPDATE No. 10 (2:50 p.m. ET): Back-to-back birdies for Brooks! He now leads by two at 1 over. The defending champ is not content to give up his trophy.

UPDATE No. 9 (2:35 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka birdies No. 2 by draining a 21-footer for birdie and he takes back the solo lead at 2 over!

Daniel Berger missed a 5-footer for birdie at the first to move back into a share.

UPDATE No. 8 (2:23 p.m. ET): Patrick. Reed.

He stuffs a wedge at the third to 4 feet and rolls in the birdie putt. That's a birdie-birdie-birdie start, and Reed is now TIED FOR THE LEAD at 3 over. Wow!!

UPDATE No. 7 (2:13 p.m. ET): BOOM!

Reed drains that putt and he's now within one at 4 over.

UPDATE No. 6 (2:05 p.m. ET): Oh here we go…

Patrick Reed birdies No. 1 and now hits his tee shot to 6 feet at the par-3 second. If he makes that putt, he starts birdie-birdie and moves to within one at 4 over. The Masters champ is threatening to get halfway to the slam.

UPDATE No. 5 (1:30 p.m. ET): Here comes Tommy Fleetwood!

The Englishman birdies Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 7 to move to 4 under for the day. He is now 5 over for the tournament and just two back. Schauffele remains three back and Webb Simpson is now three back as well after birdies at Nos. 1 and 3.

UPDATE No. 4 (1:10 p.m. ET): Xander Schauffele, folks!

He begins birdie-birdie to move to 6 over and he's now within three.

Schauffele started his run to greatness with a surprise T-5 at last year's U.S. Open. Here's more on him and his special relationship with his dad.

UPDATE No. 3 (12:45 p.m. ET): Fowler birdies the 18th for a closing 5-under 65. What a rebound from 84, as he finishes T-34. By day's end, he may be top 25. Also, that 65 is the low round of the tournament.

Phil Mickelson fires a 1-under 69 to finish T-55 at 16 over. And the round included a humorous nod to Saturday's events…

UPDATE No. 2 (12:05 p.m. ET): The USGA did water the course overnight, so there are more good numbers out there Sunday morning…

Rickie Fowler (+12) and Hideki Matsuyama (+10) are both 4 under for their rounds and five others are under par for the round. Phil Mickelson (+15) is 2 under for his round. There were actually nine players under par today at one point.

UPDATE No. 1 (10:50 a.m. ET): Welcome to U.S. Open Sunday!

Well, the course has been a bit gettable this morning. Phil Mickelson goes out in 3-under 32 and is now 14 over for the tournament. Rickie Fowler is 4 under through 10 and back to 12 over. There are still just five guys under par in their rounds so far.

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