Tue, Jun 19, 3:29pm by Staff Writer
Brooks Koepka beat out Tommy Fleetwood to claim the US Open golf major at Shinnecock Hills in New York on Monday.
The American retained his US Open title with a one-shot win, after Fleetwood stormed home in the final round.
The 27-year-old Englishman Fleetwood set the clubhouse lead at two over after an incredible seven-under-par-63, the joint lowest in US Open history.
It was not enough, as Koepka closed with a two-under-par 68 to top the leaderboard at one over.
Koepka equaled the US Open’s lowest winning score of 16 under last year, but he has been limited by a wrist injury this season.
He missed The Masters in April and played only five events leading up to Shinnecock Hills.
World number one Dustin Johnson is the favourite for the next major, the Open Championship in July.
He is $10 at Sportsbet to win that tournament, ahead of Jordan Spieth at $13.
Johnson shot a 70 in the final round at Shinnecock to finish third on three over.
The Shinnecock course was a difficult one to navigate from day one, with only three players breaking par in round three on Saturday.
Course organisers apologised, stating that they ‘went too far’ with the layout of the course over the preceding days.
Phil Mickelson was embroiled in controversy, after the 48-year-old was penalised two shots during the third round on the 13th for deliberately stopping his ball from rolling off the green by hitting it back towards the hole.
Mickelson had a frustrating weekend, finishing 16-over-par. He celebrated wildly on the 13th when he holed a par putt on the final day after Saturday’s penalty. He is $34 to claim victory at the Open Championship.
A number of the world’s best players failed to make the cut, with Speith, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Jason Day all exiting before the weekend’s action.
Rahm and Day were out of sorts from the beginning of the tournament, with McIlroy shooting an opening-round 80.
Three-time US Open champion Tiger Woods came in with his best ball-striking in recent memory at the Memorial, but triple-bogied his first hole in the way to a 78.
He never recovered, struggling again on day two and missed the cut by two shots. It was a setback for Woods, who lost valuable ground in Ryder Cup and FedEx Cup points standings as he embarks on a career comeback. He is $19 to win the Open Championship.
The Open Championship takes place in Scotland at the Camoustie Golf Links in Angus, with the defending champion Jordan Spieth. The tournament begins on July 19.
The Open Championship Odds – Sportsbet
Dustin Johnson $10
Jordan Spieth $13
Rory McIlroy $15
Rickie Fowler $17
Tommy Fleetwood $19
Justin Rose $19
Justin Thomas $19
Tiger Woods $19
Brooks Koepka $23
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