Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Reed in contention after 31 on front Sunday at U.S. Open

Reed in contention after 31 on front Sunday at U.S. Open

Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox. "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.

The world number 12 became the sixth golfer to shoot 63 in the US Open - joining Justin Thomas, Vijay Singh, Tom Weiskopf, Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus - and was one short of matching the all-time major record of 62 set by Branden Grace in last year's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Then Koepka parred 17 and had the luxury of making bogey at 18.

After overpowering the wide-open Erin Hills, he kept his nerve through four brutal days at Shinnecock.

Fleetwood, who finished much earlier, wound up alone in second place at 282. "I just love getting up for it and playing the best and playing really, really hard golf courses". I'm trying to win my third tournament of the year this week. But he shot 81 in the final round and Michael Campbell was the surprise victor. Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.

Koepka opened with a 75 Thursday, the highest first-round score by a US Open champion since Raymond Floyd at Shinnecock Hills in 1986.

'The shot you would look at is the putt [I missed] at the last obviously, but I shot seven under and tied the lowest round in US Open history.

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson is also struggling.

Keep those numbers in mind as we remember what happened on the 18th hole to Johnson, Reed, and Finau.

Even Tommy Fleetwood with a stunning 63 couldn't take Koepka down.

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While Ruben Loftus-Cheek was "selected" in place of Dele Alli , who missed training because of a thigh injury. Panama coach Hernan Gomez interpreted that scoreline as a victory for the Central Americans.

He had a birdie look at the 18th, but his nine-foot birdie putt didn't drop.

Phil Mickelson shocked commentators and fans at the U.S. Open on Saturday after a missed putt on hole 13, when he ran over to the still-rolling ball and jabbed it toward the hole. That allowed him to win the tournament by one stroke over Tommy Fleetwood of England.

Masters champion Patrick Reed (284) started the day three strokes off the lead, but birdied five of the first seven holes to briefly share the lead of the Koepka. He couldn't quite close in the final holes, missing too many long birdies, and finished at +4 for the week. But his second-round 66 changed everything and propelled him back into contention. I miss competing. I've got to be competing at something.

The USGA pledged to ease off the severe conditions at Shinnecock Hills and, thus far, that has been the case.

Fleetwood was fourth at the US Open past year.

The biggest might have been his bogey on the nasty little par-3 11th.

Playing in the next-to-last pairing with Dustin Johnson, Koepka began the round in a four-way tie for the lead with Johnson, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau. He had broken out of the pack with three birdies in the first five holes. Rickie Fowler responded with the low round of the U.S. Open. And, you know, it showed.

"Hell of a job", odd said to him.

Players who travel widely become more accomplished and well rounded golfers; after all, a strong wind in one country can be very different to that in another.

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