"It's truly special and I'm honoured", the report quoted Koepka, who missed five months of the season with a wrist injury, as saying. They made small talk, chatting about lifting and how numerous Sunday pins were located in the middle of the green, but after they arrived at the course they barely said two words to each other.
The 27-year-old's score still matched the lowest in US Open history and set a testing clubhouse target on two over par, with Koepka the only player able to beat it - by a single shot - thanks to a nerveless 68.
The World number one Dustin Johnson finished third at plus-three on account of a 70. Finau finished in fifth and four players ended in a tie for sixth.
Few tournaments take a toll quite like the U.S. Open, but while Koepka took a few hits, he never stayed down for long.
"To be honest with you, I probably couldn't have dreamed of it in my wildest dreams". I'm at a loss for words right now, but it's really incredible. "I couldn't be happier".
Yes the players have complained at points, but there's a real joy in seeing players losing their minds on one day and then setting records the next. The result: the scoring average dipped a little more than three strokes, from 75.33 to 72.18.
Brooks Koepka has the game to win a U.S. Open on any course.
Congrats to Brooks Koepka on another performance to remember!
"I always felt like I had a chance", said Koepka, who has never looked back since earning an automatic step up to the European Tour after his win in the 2013 SSE Scottish Challenge at Macdonald Spey Valley in Aviemore. "I made my highest finish in a major and it's just more proof I can get up there".
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.
Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in almost three decades by handling a Shinnecock Hills course that varied from beastly to benign.
But with playing conditions for the final round considerably more favourable than Saturday's heavily criticised third round, Koepka was three under after five holes. A tough 12-footer limited the damage at 11 to a bogey after he hit into the greenside rough and from there into a bunker.
Koepka leads by two strokes with one hole left.
However, the back-nine that had proved so costly 24 hours earlier was far more inviting on Sunday and he charged into contention with four straight birdies from the 12th but missed three more chances to pick up shots over his closing holes. Koepka stuffed his wedge approach from 122 yards to 4 feet, which he converted for a two-stroke lead. Even a 72nd-hole bogey couldn't prevent him from hoisting the trophy.
"We didn't really speak too much", Koepka said. "I enjoy the test". When asked Friday if he believed he could, he snapped back, "Absolutely", then asked rhetorically, "Have you seen how I've been swinging?" "It was a tale of two golf courses".
"I don't want to say I didn't think I could do it, but I knew that it was going to be that much more hard", Koepka said of winning a second major.
Indeed, even in the run-up to this, the 118th US Open, held at historic Shinnecock Hills, there were grumblings even before the first ball was struck that they had somewhat neutered the course by widening the fairways.
The U.S. Open used to be won by precise and calculating players.
Koepka, 28, came into the week as an afterthought when compared to the superstars we know simply by their first names. He has become only the third man in post-war going history to retain that title in totally different circumstances.
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