The 28-year-old Floridian triumphed by one shot on a absorbing afternoon to again up his breakthrough main victory at Erin Hills 12 months in the past.
He started the day in a four-way tie for the lead and carded a two-under 68 for one over to edge England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who fired solely the sixth spherical of 63 in US Open historical past.
“It would not get outdated, it feels so good,” stated Koepka on the presentation ceremony on the 18th inexperienced.
“That is unbelievable. I do not assume I might have dreamed of this, going back-to-back. It is really particular and I am honored.”
Saved his head
The final of the six earlier back-to-back US Open winners was Curtis Unusual in 1988 and 1989 — mockingly, the TV announcer asking the questions on the inexperienced.
Koepka’s win snapped a streak of 9 first-time main winners out of the earlier 10 occasions and means Individuals have gained the final 5 majors.
However regardless of the furore over the circumstances, the cream rose to the highest Sunday as Koepka saved his head and confirmed he has the talent and psychological mettle to win round a extreme check of golf in addition to on the vast open, lengthy hitters paradise that was Erin Hills.
“The US Open simply takes a lot self-discipline,” stated Koepka. “You’ve got to be a fantastic putter and simply sort of let issues roll off your again.”
The USGA accepted the state of affairs had received out of hand on Lengthy Island Saturday and watered the course in a single day, in addition to altering some gap places to make scoring simpler.
Fleetwood, who completed fourth final 12 months, took benefit and narrowly missed a serious record-equaling putt for 62 on the final inexperienced. He then waited together with his spouse and child son for about three hours to find if his two-over goal can be sufficient.
“We stated final night time ‘shoot the best rating within the US Open and you will have an opportunity,'” stated Fleetwood, 45 years to the day after Johnny Miller posted the primary and solely different 63 within the closing spherical of a US Open.
However Koepka, enjoying within the penultimate group with shut buddy Johnson, saved his early momentum going with an important putt for a bogey on the 11th to restrict his losses. And he held on throughout a nerve-jangling again 9 as long-time chief Johnson pale.
“We did not actually converse an excessive amount of,” he added. “He was busy grinding his tail off and I used to be busy grinding mine. We’re extraordinarily shut. I like the man to loss of life. It will have been enjoyable to twin it out with him coming down the top.”
One other American Tony Finau, enjoying within the closing group, was the one different participant with an opportunity of usurping Koepka on the finish however he could not get shut sufficient over the closing holes and completed with a double bogey to finish 5 over.
The victory — and first prize of $2.16 million — is one other chapter within the exceptional story of a younger multi-sport athlete within the US who moved into golf following a severe automobile crash after which discovered his commerce touring round Europe and past on the second-tier Problem Tour.
“Going over there was most likely the most effective factor for my profession and, after I look again on it, it is fairly particular,” he stated after profitable at Erin Hills.
Koepka gained 4 occasions on the Problem Tour and earned his first European Tour card in 2013. A primary win got here the next 12 months and a maiden PGA Tour victory adopted in 2015. Two years later he was a serious champion, and now a two-time winner.