Southampton, NY: Brooks Koepka became the first player in 29 years to repeat as US Open Champion here Sunday, firing a gritty final round 68 at Shinnecock Hills to beat Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke. A year after he marched to victory with a 16-under total at Erin Hills, Koepka kept his nerve on the back nine to emerge with a one-over-par total of 281. “To go back to back, I really can’t even put it into words,” said Koepka, who was flirting with the cut line when he was seven-over par during the second round on Friday.
“We grinded our tail off this week to come back from seven-over and do what we did. It was pretty special,” he said. The world number nine is the seventh player to win back-to-back US Open crowns, and the first since Curtis Strange in 1988-89. After overpowering the wide-open Erin Hills, he kept his nerve through four brutal days at Shinnecock.
‘Much more gratifying the 2nd time’
“It’s much more gratifying the second time,” said Koepka, who had battled a partially torn wrist tendon that sidelined him nearly four months since his major breakthrough last year. “I don’t think I could have dreamed of this.” England’s 12th-ranked Fleetwood seized the opportunity to match the lowest round ever in the US Open with a brilliant seven-under 63 for a two-over total of 282. Fleetwood could only watch it all unfold. But after nearly equalling the best ever round in a major of 62 he was pleased with his day’s work.
Ryu wins Meijer Classic by 2 strokes
Miami: Former US Women’s Open winner Ryu So-yeon claimed her first title of 2018 with a closing five-under 67 at the LPGA Tour’s Meijer Classic on Sunday. The 27-year-old South Korean finished with a 21-under 267 total at Blythefield Country Club to beat runner-up Caroline Masson by two strokes and earn her sixth career win. “I haven’t played well at the major events this year yet, so hopefully this win is going to give me extra confidence to focus on major tournament,” she said.