Brooks Koepka warned everybody.
That is not to say the week sailed by without incident. The elder Mr. Edward's daughter, Kamille Ramos, works for the United States Golf Association as its human resources' Director of Diversity. And at the end of the day, I got within one of winning, when I was so far back at the start of the day. Koepka double-bogeyed it on the way to an opening-round 75, but made three pars after that, including a crucial save from 8 ½ feet Sunday.
But they had not reckoned on Brooks Koepka, the remarkable 28-year-old American who became just the third player since the war - following Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange - to defend his title.
A new, quirky venue like Erin Hills might not have been held in high regard, but the rich history of Shinnecock? Johnson then had to play the remaining holes unsure of what his score was.
"This one's a lot sweeter", Koepka said. He hardly looks worse for it today.
Johnson and Finau each dropped shots, only to soon get back to three over, while Reed briefly returned to the same score but could not pull off a miraculous finish.
It's no secret that the USGA butchered the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
The Florida native jumped out of the gates with birdies at the second and third holes and never looked back, holding at least a share of the lead from there. Fleetwood shot the lowest back nine (31) and lowest round (63).
"It hasn't sunk in yet", said Koepka, who had battled a partially torn wrist tendon that sidelined him almost four months since his major breakthrough past year. Johnson, 33, ranks second on Tour in driving distance, averaging 315 yards, and he hit a 489-yard drive at the WGC-Dell Match Play championship in March, the longest since ShotLink began tracking such things in 2003. Parziale has a full-time job as a firefighter in Brockton, Massachusetts.
There is a reason the course is so revered. Between now and the, n we will discuss who among the heavy-hitters in golf will be best suited to win, and according to the oddsmakers, it's Dustin Johnson. After a par on No. 4, Reed found the bunker on the par-four fifth.
Koepka doesn't concern himself with that type of noise, of course, but when he arrived at Shinnecock earlier this week he felt a sense of familiarity. But it happened again. To Davis' credit, he admitted that the organization made a mistake. It set up a fairer course on Sunday. I enjoy hard golf courses.
Does Johnson face the possibility of criticism for not pouncing on his opportunities at majors?
There's no doubt now, however, that Koepka is back, and he has proved his major mettle on the toughest test the US Open can offer. No one had taken a four-stroke lead into the weekend and failed to win since Tom McNamara suffered a heat stroke on the 68th hole in 1909. But on Sunday, he took 35 putts.
5 Koepka was Rookie of the Year on both European and PGA Tours in 2015 - he won the Phoenix Open that year and finished 10 in the Open Championship. McIlroy shot an opening-round 80. "Just to hole the putts at the right time".
Brooks Koepka won the US Open for the second time.
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