Berger, Finau ride early tee time into share of US Open lead

Brenda Watkins
June 18, 2018

Brooks Koepka has become a multiple major victor with a gutsy victory at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in NY.

Somehow, tying a U.S. Open record with a final-round 63 wasn't totally satisfying for Tommy Fleetwood.

Buck told Patrick he didn't talk to Koepka and Sims about the mistake after the tournament, joking that he "got the hell out of Wisconsin", where the U.S. Open was played a year ago at Erin Hills.

Koepka, with a performance and a demeanor reminiscent of Retief Goosen winning at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, began the back nine with three pivotal putts - one for birdie, one for bogey, one for par.

England's Tommy Fleetwood has tied the U.S. Open record with a 7-under-63 in the final round.

Open double since Jordan Spieth accomplished the feat in 2015.

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Finau and Berger both finished their rounds right about when 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson was starting his day at windy, sun-baked Shinnecock Hills. The day's only other sub-par round was Kiradech Aphibarnrat's 68, which put the Thai into a tie for seventh on six-over. But bogeys on 9, 11 and 12 were too much to overcome as Reed shot 68, finishing three shots behind Koepka and missed the chance to complete the first Masters-U.S. "I don't think it crossed the line, but it was as hard of golf as we can play".

USGA CEO Mike Davis spoke with FOX after the completion of Saturday's third round and addressed the biggest subject of debate: the course conditions.

But even Fleetwood (282) left Shinnecock with regrets, missing an 8-foot birdie putt on 18 that would have given him a 62 and tied him with Koepka for the lead. His 122-yard approach settled just three feet from the pin, giving him a smooth shot at a birdie. His last hope of catching the victor, Brooks Koepka, ended when he missed a birdie chance on the par-3 No. 17.

Edwards, 30, now plays pro soccer in Sweden after playing for several teams in the USA during her career. Fowler was 19 shots better than his 84 in the third round, the highest score in his U.S. Open career. "Back where I come from we call that weeds", Bubba Watson said. Mickelson was given a two-shot penalty and made a 10 on the hole.

That set the stage for a final round in which 15 players were separated by four shots.

And he's still tied for the lead. He has every excuse in the book - and he's still part of a four-way lead, along with Berger, Finau and defending Open champion Brooks Koepka.

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