Brooks Koepka took home the championship title at the U.S. Open this past June, becoming the first to win back-to-back titles in 29 years. Slipping out of a four way tie with three birdies in five holes, Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood and closed with a 2-under 68 for a one-shot victory.
That victory didn’t come easy given the conditions at Shinnecock Hills on day one. Wind gusts were so severe that the last 45 players to tee off shot over par and the third round average was sitting at 75.33.
Tommy Fleetwood was the sixth player to shoot a 63 in the U.S. open, making eight birdies to one bogey at two-over 282. Making birdies on four of his first seven holes, putting him at a winning advantage early on. Getting a bogey on the ninth hole, Fleetwood ran on with four straight birdies on the 12thto 15thholes.
Sitting at one over par on the eighth hole while Fleetwood finished, Koepka had to keep the pace or go lower in order to win. Koepka went on to play the last 10 holes in even par, securing a birdie on the par-5 16thgiving him breathing room to bogey the last hole but won by one stroke to claim first place.
Despite missing three months this season due to a partially-torn tendon in his left wrist – Koepka was able to bounce back from recovery in order to secure the repeat win.