Koepka fends off Fleetwood charge to win U.S. Open

Koepka fends off Fleetwood charge to win U.S. Open

Fowler played the final round with Phil Mickelson, who carded 69 a day after receiving a two-stroke penalty for deliberately hitting a moving ball on the 13th green.

"As the day went on it continued to get more tough", said two-times PGA Tour victor Berger, who noticed the course starting to become more hard on about the 12th hole. I mean, you want to always use them in your favour.

Sitting atop the US Open leaderboard ahead of today's final round, four American players are tied for leader at +3; Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. Johnson then had to play the remaining holes unsure of what his score was.

Justin Rose, who shot a 73 that included just two birdies but also five bogeys to be fifth at three-over followed Johnson's "sit on the fence" political stance. His worst Open round ever in his career. It was the first time since 2013 at Merion that no one broke par, and it was nine shots more than his winning score at Erin Hills. But some greens were extremely fast, and some I felt were slow. "The speed of the greens was too much for the wind we had". An apology by the U.S. Golf Association CEO Mike Davis for unfair playing conditions did nothing to mollify competitors who had to suffer the results, and who were exhausted of a long series of gaffes in what is supposed to be a premiere major championship. "I haven't gotten fired yet", he said after the third round. "To get out there early and play a good round really was to my benefit".

"I'm sure there's nobody happier for me than Dustin", Koepka said. If he continues that trend and shoots 70 on Sunday, he could be looking for the third leg of the slam at Carnoustie.

Not all his fellow players were as measured in their assessment of the Shinnecock Hills layout, Zach Johnson the first to suggest the course had "gotten away from" the USGA in an interview with Sky Sports. I thought we could be on the edge, but we've surpassed it, " Johnson said. On Sunday, they were playing side by side without exchanging words, each trying to play a course that was considerably softer than the previous day.

Too bad the damage to this championship has already been done, as what had been a strong examination of skill turned into a game of chance.

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"I enjoy being pushed to the limit", Koepka said. "Or if it's even possible with a dry, windy day". "It's just hard. It's brutal".

"We just play for the family time and that's what we are here for today", his daughter added.

Fowler finished almost two hours before the leaders teed off, punctuating his day with a tap-in birdie at the last for 11-over 291. I was just fed up with, you know, being good.

The USGA had the hoses out after the final pairing most of the evening, watering the greens in an attempt to lessen the scorching and preserve some of the grass. He still had a chance to catch Koepka as he lined up a 62-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole, but he wound up three-putting for bogey. He knew before he struck the putt that unless the hole got in the way there was no way of stopping the ball - and so it proved.

For the first two days, the beleaguered USGA setup crew had been applauded for providing a stern but fair test.

"Be careful what you wish for", he said.

The US Open, one of golf's four majors, had become a farce.