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When he gets out front Dustin Johnson is a tough player to catch

When he gets out front Dustin Johnson is a tough player to catch. Rob Tringali

One was about power.

Brooks Koepka won the US Open for the second time. "You know, I don't think I could have dreamed of this-going back-to-back. I can really appreciate how hard it is to win a major".

By all means, what Koepka has done this year is impressive.

"I always feel like I'm overlooked".

"Right now I feel like it's just shy but you never know".

Organisers made a huge error with some of the pin positions on Saturday, not for the first time, and it made the course too hard.

"I'm going to have some lunch and a drink and sit with Finno and Claire and just wait".

He finished at 1-over 281, 13 shots higher than his winning score at Erin Hills past year. It cost him a chance in a playoff.

However, he bounced back brilliantly to fire four birdies in succession from the 12th and surprisingly left another birdie attempt short from 12 feet on the par-five 16th.

Dustin Johnson staggered around Shinnecock Hills like a punch-drunk boxer, reeling from one troubled shot to the next to the next.

"He's proven he can win on a classic" course, odd said.

Stenson came up with his first birdie of the day at 10 to join the defending champion, who started with a bogey before hitting back with a gain at the second and also dropped a shot at the 12th immediately after a second bogey. And at the par-3 11th, he could have easily lost control of the steering wheel.

Koepka pulled a pitching wedge to the left, down the slope and into thick grass.

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The USGA said overnight watering would reduce green speeds, and hole locations would be set up to be more accessible to players.

Finishing well before the leaders teed off, Phil Mickelson shot 69 a day after his decision to putt a moving ball sparked a massive controversy in the world of golf. "Because it could have been a big momentum shift there, and we could have been playing tennis just going back and forth".

"I think they did a good job with set up today". He did make a 13-footer for birdie at 18 to secure his fourth top-three finish in a major championship.

"It hasn't sunk in yet", said Koepka, who had battled a partially torn wrist tendon that sidelined him almost four months since his major breakthrough previous year. For the tournament, Koepka ranked first in driving, second in strokes gained from putting, and tied for third for greens in regulation.

Koepka is now a two-time US Open champion after back-to-back triumphs. "He kept it together, and he's a world-class player". The 28-year-old American shot 72 and picked up his best-ever finish in a major championship. "It wasn't great for me, but it was great as a golfer to watch how he did it". "I just keep doing what I'm doing, keep plugging away", said Koepka, who despite his defending champion status was flying under the radar at Shinnecock Hills, where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, world number one Dustin Johnson, and multiple-time Major victor Rory McIlroy were generating pre-tournament buzz.

Johnson, who started the third round with a four-shot lead, barely nudged his 17-foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole.

A year ago, Johnson called him on the eve of the final round to offer advice.

Davis promised to slow down the course for Sunday's final round.

"We didn't really speak too much", he added. "He was busy grinding his tail off and I was busy grinding mine".

"The only one I haven't figure out is Augusta - hopefully I'll figure that one out soon".

Only one of them did. And that's how Reed is trying to take this weekend, even with the late implosion.

Reed fired five birdies in his first seven holes but cooled off coming in for a two-under 68. Last year, playing with him in the final round, it was pretty impressive. Next year: Pebble Beach. Anderson won his third straight in 1905.

"It wasn't anything other than the way that I played; the way that I struck the ball, that threw me out".

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