Koepka Goes Back to Back in U.S. Open

The U.S. Open finally has another repeat champion. Brooks Koepka, who won last year at Erin Hills, finished 17 strokes higher at Shinnecock Hills. But a final-round 68 on Sunday was good enough for a one-stroke victory over Tommy Fleetwood

Brooks Koepka poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka is the first player to successfully defend his crown since Curtis Strange 29 years ago (1988-89). For only the third time in the post-World War II era – and seventh time in 118 stagings – the U.S. Open has a repeat champion.

World No. 1 and 2016 champion Dustin Johnson, who along with Koepka was one of four players who started the final round tied for the lead at 3 over par, mustered an even-par 70 playing alongside his good friend Koepka to finish third at 3-over 283. Reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed made an early run with a first-nine 31 but came home in 37 to finish fourth at 284. Tony Finau followed up Saturday’s 66 with a 2-over 72 for a fifth-place showing, four behind Koepka.

Dustin Johnson reacts to a shot during the final round

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