It was during one of these hyper-fueled sessions a few months ago when Koepka suggested he could become No. Scores Live blog Full coverage With apologies to all those who set out for the final round at Shinnecock Hills with the greatest expectations, this was always going to come down to either Koepka or Johnson. Koepka won his first U. Brooks wants to beat everybody, including DJ who is his closest friend out here.
He wants to beat him in the gym, in everything they do. It was a perfectly Koepka performance. Koepka broke out of a four-way tie for first place with a footer for birdie at the second, added another at the third to go two strokes clear and appeared to be on cruise control. Opens where par is a good score and the USGA dances dangerously close to the edge, are never that easy.
The first crack came at the par-3 11th hole when Koepka airmailed the green and needed to convert a footer for bogey. He scrambled again at the 12th with a 6-footer for par and salvaged his advantage at the 14th hole after finding the fescue with his drive. With Tommy Fleetwood — who became the sixth player to shoot 63 in a U. Open to settle into the clubhouse lead at 2 over par — watching from the range, Koepka walked to the 72nd tee with a two-stroke advantage.
There was no suspense, no moments of anxiety, no reason to think he would allow this opportunity to slip away. But I couldn't be happier with the way I played. Open champion its proper place. Special because he outplayed Johnson, who closed with a 70 to finish in third place at 3 over. Special because of the workmanlike performance Shinnecock Hills demanded. Towards the end of , Koepka began to feel pain in his left wrist. He watched the Masters.
He never watches the Masters. Early Sunday during their pre-round workout it was the status quo for Koepka and Johnson, friendly banter that both lightens the mood and inspires excellence. But it was different once the two set out for the final round. There were no jokes, no trash talking, no talking of any kind, in fact. I was excited about it. I figured he would be the guy to beat. But I didn't talk to him today. Maybe I said something on [No.