He became the first man to win back-to-back US Open titles for 29 years, but just a few months ago the thought of winning a second major title couldn’t have seemed further away for Brooks Koepka. The 28-year-old Floridian triumphed by one shot over England’s Tommy Fleetwood on an absorbing afternoon to back up his breakthrough major victory at Erin Hills 12 months ago, having only recently recovered from a wrist injury that had kept him housebound for long periods.
Koepka started Sunday in a four-way tie for the lead and carded 68 for one over to edge Fleetwood, who fired only the sixth round of 63 in US Open history. The American, who missed five months of the season from the wrist injury, finished two clear of world No.1 Dustin Johnson and three ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed.
The last of the six previous back-to-back US Open winners was Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989. Koepka’s win snapped a streak of nine first-time major winners out of the previous 10 events and means Americans have won the last five majors.