With second US Open title, Koepka can't be overlooked now

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Shinnecock Hills was a grind for everyone. Tommy Fleetwood is in the clubhouse with a 7-under 63, tying the record for the lowest round at a U.S. Open. Masters champion Patrick Reed, who briefly shared the lead with five birdies through seven holes, stumbled on the back and had a 68 to finish fourth.

The USGA admitted Saturday it had lost a handle on the course.

So was last week at Shinnecock Hills - where Kopeka, the champion, reinforced his elite credentials and Fleetwood showed he is not that far behind. He was presented with a nine-footer for a birdie on the 18th that would have been just the second 62 in the majors after Branden Grace's breakthrough at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago. He finished at 2 over and stood one shot out of the lead as he walked off the course.

History will look at Brooks Koepka and note that he won the same major championship two years in a row.

Fleetwood had threatened to come from nowhere to claim his first major when he posted a brilliant 63 while Koepka still had 11 treacherous holes to negotiate.

He birdied the 72nd for an even par 70 that left him alone in third on 283.

Brooks Koepka has grown used to people underestimating him, but after flying under the radar to win a second straight U.S. Open title he would not have it any other way.

But he rebounded at the next hole with a marvelous approach shot that ended up 18 inches from the hole for a tap-in birdie, again putting him within two shots of the lead.

Finau, who went into the final round tied for the lead, playing in the final group with Daniel Berger, shot a 2-over-par 72 to finish at 285 in fifth place, four strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka. And that is why he and the U.S. Open have a long relationship.

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The first sign of nerves cropped up at the 16th green, where his birdie putt rolled dead on line but stopped two full rotations short of the hole. If nothing else, he wins most improved.

Tony Finau had his best finish in a major this weekend, coming in fifth at the U.S. Open. He then quickly jogged to the ball and smacked it back in the other direction to prevent it from rolling downhill off the front of the green and back to the same spot he'd chipped from a few minutes prior.

Mickelson's outburst came after he rolled a putt well past the hole. This time he raised his arms in mock triumph.

"A US Open is always going to be a tough test", he said.

In 2017 the Open went to Erin Hills, another untried new course that was only a dozen years old. Not the USGA, which responded by soaking them with water overnight and early Sunday.

Wall: No way. The course bordered on unfair during the third round, turning even the best players in the world into 10 handicaps.

Rickie Fowler started the day tied for ninth and shot 84. Mickelson raised his arms and began a mock celebration after his par on Sunday.

"My father introduced me and my brother to golf", Koepka said. Taking advantage of friendly pin placements and relatively light winds, Fleetwood became the sixth man to shoot 63 at a U.S. Open and joined Johnny Miller as the only man to do it in the final round. Matt Parziale earned a spot in the tournament by winning the Mid-Amateur, and then became the first mid-am to make the cut in 15 years.

One problem: No one will ever remember it.

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