2018 U.S. Open Wrap-Up

Posted on June 17 2018

2018 U.S. Open Wrap-Up

This edition of the U.S. Open was as thrilling as it was controversial, and at the conclusion, defending champion Brooks Koepka has become the first back-to-back winner of the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange accomplished the feat in 1988-89. Having started the day in a four-way tie at the top with Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, and Dustin Johnson, Koepka had the hottest start of the leaders with birdies on 3 of the first 5 holes. Despite challenges from 2018 Masters Champ Patrick Reed and an incredible 63 from England’s Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka played steadily the rest of the round. A bogey at the last gave him a final round 2-under 68, leaving him one shot ahead of Fleetwood and was good enough for his second major title and third career PGA Tour victory.

With the victory, Brooks Koepka moves to 13th in the FedEx Cup rankings. Dustin Johnson, who finished solo third, overtook Justin Thomas for the top spot in the season-long race.

Shinnecock Hills played tough every day except the last, but the third round is the one that left many players and spectators frustrated. While the morning round produced decent scoring opportunities, the afternoon wave faced near-impossible conditions. Notable players who struggled were Rickie Fowler (84), Patrick Rodgers (83), and Phil Mickelson (81). In response, the United States Golf Association softened course conditions for the final round, which made many of the low scores possible.

Many of the game’s greats failed to see the weekend, including former U.S. Open champions Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Other notables to miss the cut include former major champions Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel. Their next chance at a major title is coming up next month at the Open Championship.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Hartford, Connecticut for the Travelers Championship, while the European Tour plays in Pulheim, Germany for the BMW International Open.

Australian Results:

Aaron Baddeley                      +12                  T25

Marc Leishman                       +15                  T45

Jason Scrivener                                              MC

Matt Jones                                                      MC

Cameron Smith                                               MC

Jason Day                                                       MC

Adam Scott                                                     MC

David Bransdon                                              MC

Lucas Herbert                                                 MC

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