Brooks Koepka Successfully Defends U.S. Open Title at Shinnecock Hills

by Maura Hutchinson

On Sunday, American Brooks Koepka became the seventh man in history to win the U.S. Open two consecutive times.  Beating England’s Tommy Fleetwood by just one-stroke at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island.

The 28-year-old picked up his second major title in just his fifth tournament back after a wrist injury kept him out of play for three months. With his latest win Koepka soars to number four in the world rankings and proves he is not a player to be dismissed.

“This in incredible. I don’t think I could have dreamed of going back-to-back. It’s truly special and I am honoured,” Koepka told reporters afterwards.

Adding, “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.”

Runner-up Tommy Fleetwood might not have won on Sunday but the Englishman’s astounding appearance at the major has well and truly put him on everyone’s watchlist. The 27-year-old became only the sixth golfer in history to shoot a 63 at the U.S. Open, one shot short of matching Braden Grace’s 62 at last year’s tournament, and a feat all the more impressive given the difficulty of Shinnecock Hills.

“Just getting that close [to a 62] is the ultimate thing that I will take from this. It’s nice as a golfer to have that hard work start paying off. Hopefully this is just one stage in me winning majors,” said Fleetwood.

Sunday marked Fleetwood’s highest finish at a major and gained at the golfer from Southport high praise from Koepka, who told reporters, “he’s an incredible player. He’ll definitely be holding some major championships here soon.”

Here’s a look at Koepka’s winning bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro; Mizuno JPX-900 Tour
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw
Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x