For the second year in a row, former Florida State All-American golfer Brooks Koepka is the U.S. Open champion. The 28-year-old shot a 2-under 68 in the final round Sunday to finish 1-over for the tournament, a stroke better than runner-up Tommy Fleetwood.
His second straight title was far from easy for Koepka. He was among a group of golfers who fell victim to windy conditions at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island, N.Y., carding a 75 in the first round on Thursday. Koepka, however, recovered to go 4-under (66) the next day, and despite a 72 on Saturday found himself in contention going into the final round on Sunday.
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Koepka now finds himself in rare company with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles; he is the first golfer to hold that honor since 1989, when Curtis Strange won the second of his two championships.
Like last year, he’ll enjoy a nice cash prize. According to CBS Sports writer Chip Patterson, Koepka will become $2,160,000 richer as a result of his win.