US Open 2018.
American Brooks Koepka defended his US Open title with a one-shot victory over England’s Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills. Koepka is the 3rd man since the second world war and just the seventh in history to defend the US Open title successfully.
Koepka, 28, closed with a two-under-par 68 to top the leader board at one over and deny Fleetwood a first major title. Fleetwood, 27, had piloted the clubhouses lead at two over after a shining seven-under-par 63, the joint-lowest round in US Open history.
Brooks missed the 2018 US Masters due to a serious wrist injury that kept him out for nearly four months, where even lifting his phone was problematic. After a doctor rectified the injury, Koepka set his sights on defending the trophy he claimed at Erin Hills 12 months earlier, which at that stage, was a long shot.
Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth all ranked in the top ten, burnt out and didn’t even make it to the weekend. McIlroy hit an opening round 80, while Spieth made a lively rally on the back nine Friday, only to agonizingly bogey the last two holes and miss the cut.
World number one Dustin Johnson shot a 70 to wrap up third on three over while, England’s Justin Rose, who began the day one shot adrift of a four-way tie for the lead, finished tied for 10th on a seven over after a three over 73.
Fleetwood the world number 12 became the sixth golfer to shoot 63 in the US Open- Joining Justin Thomas, Vijay Singh, Tom Weiskopf, Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus – and was one short of matching the all-time major record of 62 set by South Africa’s Branden Grace during last year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
40th major championship since Tiger Woods won his last one in 2008. For him to win this year might be fantastic but unrealistic- unable to make any putts. It was a disappointment in his comeback.
No. 20th Phil Mickelson started the final round of the U.S Open at Shinnecock Hills 14 strokes behind the leaders, but he had become the story of the tournament thanks to a very weird penalty and ruling from the USGA that many disagreed with. The incident happened on the 13th hole of the third round when Mickelson hit his bogey putt past the hole and it seemed that it was rolling off the green. He didn’t wait to see where the ball ended up, instead Mickelson ran after the ball and hit it again as it was moving.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, the course is revered, one of the oldest courses in the country, it offers a harsh test in which the elements play a big role in the outcome. Wind lashed the course on Thursday and Saturday and kept the players on edge. WMG offer exclusive VIP corporate hospitality across all days and our operations team were lucky enough to attend.