Brooks Koepka has won the 118th US Open Golf Championship @ Shinnecock Hills, New York. Koepka became the seventh to win the national championship in back-to-back years with a final-round 2-under-par 68 Sunday to hold off Tommy Fleetwood by one shot.

Koepka, 28, who joined Curtis Strange (1988-89) and Ben Hogan (1950-51) as the only players to win consecutive Opens since the end of WWII, was on point with all facets of his game, tapping into his mental state, eye-opening power and imperative short game with equal reward.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who led by four shots after 36 holes, three-putted six times on the weekend — he missed three putts inside four feet Sunday — and fell back to third place at 3 over with a 70.

Masters champion Patrick Reed grabbed a share of the lead with five birdies in his first seven holes but couldn’t sustain his charge and finished fourth at 4 over with a 68.

Koepka has now won 10 times around the world, three of them coming on the PGA Tour, and will move up from his current rank of No. 9 in the world. The former Florida State All-American took an adventurous route to becoming one of the game’s best players, traveling the world on the European Tour and its developmental circuit.

Never one to back down from a challenge and never shy of the unknown, he grew as a man and his game took major strides as he visited many lands, from Kenya to Kazakhstan, from Spain to Scotland, from South Africa to Shanghai.

He said he gained a cache of confidence as he tackled currency demands, time zone changes, dining challenges and every golf course condition imaginable.

USA Today / Shoco Golf News 2018.

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