‘It’s a fun week,’ said Koepka. ‘I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses. I enjoy playing about the toughest in golf you are ever going to play.’
Fleetwood got almost everything right on Sunday in the final round, including what he needed to win it. The Englishman equalled the championship record with a closing 7-under-par 63, and while he was reminded that he was only the second man to finish with that score in the final round of the U.S. Open, he quickly noted, ‘Yeah, but I wanted to shoot 62.’
Of course, a 62 would have set the U.S. Open record. It also would have tied the major championship scoring record Branden Grace set last year in the final round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
But most importantly, it would have earned him a tie with eventual winner Brooks Koepka. Instead, he had to settle for a solo second place, as he completed 72 holes in 2-over 282.