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US Open: Brooks Koepka beats Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills

US Open: Brooks Koepka beats Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills

+1 B Koepka (US); +2 T Fleetwood (Eng); +3 D Johnson (US); +4 P Reed (US); +5 T Finau (US)

American Brooks Koepka retained his US Open title with a one-shot victory over England's record-equalling Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills.

Koepka, 28, closed with a two-under-par 68 to top the leaderboard at one over and deny Fleetwood a first major title.

Fleetwood, 27, had set the clubhouse lead at two over after a scintillating seven-under-par 63 - the joint-lowest round in US Open history.

World number one Dustin Johnson shot a 70 to finish third on three over. 

England's Justin Rose, who began the day one shot adrift of a four-way tie for the lead, finished tied for 10th on seven over after a three-over 73.

The course was set up in a more favourable fashion for the final round after organisers had to apologise and admit they "went too far" with the layout as only three players broke par on Saturday.

There were also calls for five-time major winner Phil Mickelson to be disqualified after he broke the rules during the third round.

World number four Koepka, who claimed his first major at Erin Hills last year, became the first player to retain the US Open title since Curtis Strange won in 1988 and 1989.

"This is incredible. I don't think I could have dreamed of going back-to-back. It's truly special and I am honoured," he said.

"I always felt like I had a chance. I was never out of it. I just needed to keep grinding. I knew the conditions would ease up a bit and I took advantage of it." 

 

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