With second US Open title, Koepka can't be overlooked now
Jun 18 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Getty Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with the winner's trophy with Jena Sims after his victory at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 18, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. Last year, Buck infamously said that Koepka gave a celebratory kiss to Becky Edwards, a US women's soccer player; Koepka had previously dated Edwards, but they'd broken up, and the woman he was kissing was his current girlfriend, model Jena Sims. So Shinnecock Hills was relatively tame in the final round.
But they had not reckoned on Brooks Koepka, the remarkable 28-year-old American who became just the third player since the war - following Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange - to defend his title.
Koepka missed a large chunk of the season with a wrist injury but it's fair to say he's back. "I can't even wrap my head around it".
1 Koepka started playing golf when he was 10 years old following a vehicle crash that left him with facial injuries and meant he was banned from playing contact sports.
Fleetwood closed his eyes in disappointment because he knew what was at stake at the time - and how crucial it would prove at the end - but he still had so much to be proud about.
At that moment, "I felt I could have easily been derailed", Koepka said.With little room to work, he purposely ran his wedge shot all the way across green to a bunker. "It was pretty neat. I can really appreciate how hard it is to win a major, and to win back-to-back is special, and my second major is cool".
Unusual told reporters moments after Koepka's final putt that he wasn't the least bit disappointed he could no longer claim to be the most recent back-to-back victor.
"No doubt we would admit there were some aspects to the setup that went too far, in the sense that well-executed shots were not only not rewarded, but in some cases were penalized", Davis said Saturday night. "It's a good group".
Whatever happened to Saturday's unplayable course, you might wonder?
"I miss competing. That's really what it is". Next year: Pebble Beach.
When he was growing up, he said, his father, Bob, never let him win. "Hell, I came close, and he'd beat me like a yard dog".
The reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion shared co-medalist honors with Luis Gagne, a college golfer who is from Costa Rica and plays at LSU. Ben Hogan won three straight that he played, missing in 1949 after almost getting killed when his vehicle struck a bus.
Dustin Johnson took a massive step towards a second US Open victory in three years as Ian Poulter's challenge imploded on an eventful second day at Shinnecock Hills. At their morning workout Sunday, Johnson even pointed out to Koepka, who hadn't yet seen the placements, that they were more gettable. "That was a shot I fancied to pull off", he said. Boyd then boarded a plane and flew back to NY, and looked none the worse for wear as he watched Finau play in the last group at Shinnecock on Sunday.
By the time the tournament reached halfway, I thought I was as good as finished with my book but the carnage on Saturday meant more tweaking was required.