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Brooks Koepka became the first man in 29 years to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles Sunday as he shot a 2-under 68 to hold off hard-charging Englishman Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke at Shinnecock Hills.
Facing a course setup and weather conditions that were far more docile than in Saturday’s third round, Koepka moved to the front quickly by birdieing three of the first five holes. But a bogey at No. 6 pulled Koepka back toward the pack and he had to scramble to only drop one shot at the par-3 11th after he airmailed the green with a pitching wedge and found a green side bunker with his second shot.
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But Koepka steadied himself and ground his way home in the traditional style of a U.S. Open winner, making par on five of the next six holes and birdieing the par-5 16th to give himself some breathing room. He two-putt bogeyed the 18th hole, but that turned out to be a footnote rather than a haunting collapse.
Koepka finished at 1-over-par 281 for the championship, completing the first successful U.S. Open title defense since Curtis Strange in 1989. It was the first time since 2013 at Merion that no one broke par in the U.S. Open.
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