Johnson was a 9-1 favorite at Westgate entering the U.S. Open and was as high as -140 entering the weekend.
Having failed to properly finish each of his first two rounds at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, the Lehi resident played brilliantly on the back nine Saturday. "They met up at that baseball game a year ago, but I was working so I didn't get to go and experience that".
Curtis Strange, the last player to go back-to-back in this major, watched the entire final round Sunday as the Fox Sports reporter on the ground, and they shared a brief hug off the 18th green after Koepka tapped in for bogey and a one-shot victory.
Tommy Fleetwood (solo second, one back) shot a final-round 63 that could easily have been better, were it not for missed birdie putts on his closing holes.
The scoring average of 75.33 was the highest for a third round in the US Open since 2000 at Pebble Beach. "They met up at that baseball game past year, but I was working so I didn't get to go and experience that".
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"Brooks Koepka came to the booth to personally tell me who he is with tonight at the All Star Game".
"I had seven or eight putts that easily could have gone in the hole but didn't", said Johnson, who finished with 38 putts. "Just to hole the putts at the right time". They're rooting for Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed. Koepka was all over the pins early in the round, with birdies on three of the first five holes. It was the first time since 2013 at Merion that no one broke par in the US Open.
Reed, though, couldn't keep up the momentum after bogeys at 10, 11 and 12.
In 1975, Lou Graham won the U.S. Open after trailing by 11 shots at the 36-hole mark. Berger also was in that large group, and he matched Finau's 66. Even a bogey would have meant an extra $47,000 in Finau's account. He came to the 18th hole with a chance to establish the all-time scoring record, and from the fairway he cut a lovely 6-iron that settled to eight feet.
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Preston, a rising sophomore, beat University of Utah golfer Kyler Dunkle 3 and 2 to take the age record away from PGA TOUR pro Daniel Summerhays (his uncle, Boyd's brother) by a few months. Koepka's weight-room buddy Johnson undid himself with a string of three-putts, and ended up third, two shots back at three-over par.
As the greens dried out, those slopes became quicker and quicker and were responsible for some of the farcical conditions that the players had to encounter in the last hour and a half of play. "I felt like I was missing so much".
Our translation: We messed up Saturday. "I thought that we could be on the edge, but we've surpassed it", Johnson replied dourly. The place is going to play easier. He spent the better part of two years playing on the Challenge Tour, Japanese Tour, and European Tour.
Compounding the embarrassment at Shinnecock is the fact that the very same thing happened to the course in 2004: the combination of warmth and Atlantic winds made greens so unplayable on Sunday that play was halted while they were watered in mid-round.
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