Cowen backs Brooks Koepka after US Open triumph

Brooks Koepka became the seventh player to win consecutive U.S. Open titles and the first in 29 years

Brooks Koepka became the seventh player to win consecutive U.S. Open titles and the first in 29 years

American Brooks Koepka won his second straight U.S. Open on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, becoming the first repeat champion of the United States Golf Association's annual championship in nearly 30 years.

We mustn't forget that Koepka missed three months of this season - including the Masters - because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

Koepka held his nerve in Long Island on Sunday to become the first man since Curtis Strange in 1989 to successfully defend the U.S. Open trophy.

Then over the weekend, Brooks Koepka picked up the baton to polish off back-to-back U.S. Open titles - a feat that Woods never accomplished in his storied career.

Koepka's birdie at the par-5 16th stretched his lead to two shots over Tommy Fleetwood, who tied the U.S. Open single-round record with a 63. After completing the four rounds, he finishes at 11-over 291, which now puts him in a tie for 32nd.

His record-equalling round of 63 will at least provide the cure for ignorance at a US Open marred by American idiots, but it was not enough to rid him of Brooks Koepka.

At the time, Reed had said: "I'm able to put 14 golf clubs and a golf ball in the bag that I feel are the flawless fit for me. But I couldn't be happier with the way I played".

It allowed for a guy to go out and shoot 63 and it allowed for a lot of good players to struggle and be unable to finish under par.

That would leave the tour to decide on Minnesota and Detroit after the U.S. Open and before the British Open.

Koepka, 28, closed with a two-under-par 68 to top the leaderboard at one over and deny Fleetwood a first major title.

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He also made an incredible 55-foot putt for a birdie at the second.

Fleetwood, who joined Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Vijay SIngh and Justin Thomas as the only men to shoot a 63 in 118 U.S. opens, narrowly missed out on a 62 when his eight-foot putt on the final hole slipped by. "And today that ended up being Brooks Koepka".

"I thought if the conditions were a bit more like yesterday, I'd have felt a lot more comfy in the clubhouse", said Fleetwood, who finished fourth a year ago.

"On Saturday the course should not have been as it was, but you can't let that affect you, if you start complaining, you start looking for excuses and I don't like to make excuses", he explained at the press conference after the tournament.

The meltdown on Saturday's course preparation signalled to a number of players that the USGA is simply unable to create a competitive balancing act that blends the concepts of tough and fair together.

Fleetwood would finish at a final score of +2, which was the clubhouse lead. Shinnecock's inward nine had not treated the former Florida State University All-American kindly over the first three rounds. On the par-5 16th hole, he hit a 129-yard approach right near the cup for a virtual tap-in birdie that almost sealed the win. And at the par-3 11th, he could have easily lost control of the steering wheel. He made a 6-footer for par on No. 12, and after hacking out of deep rough on the par-4 14th hole, he got up and down from 62 yards out, holing an 8½-footer for par to maintain his one-stroke edge.

As Fleetwood settled in to watch the rest of the round on television, Koepka birdied the 10th hole to take a two-shot lead at even par.

The Englishman started his final round +9 on the tournament which kept him six shots off the lead. Koepka, however, said he felt they played similar. "I enjoy being pushed to the limit".

"I saw him around this week kind of frazzled like I was; they are pulling him everywhere", Love said.

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