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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 292 US Open wrap
STORY COVER WORDS BY BRENDAN JAMES WILL THE 2018 U.S OPEN BE REMEMBERED FOR BROOKS KOEPKA’S TERRIFIC PLAY, OR THE LATEST CHAPTER IN USGA COURSE-SET-UP INCOMPETANCE? M AKE no bones about it, Brooks Koepka played brilliant golf to win his second US Open title in as many starts. He drove the ball long, and pretty straight, but it was on the greens where he poked his nose in front of the field. His clutch putting – on the most ridiculously quick putting surfaces seen since the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills – was sublime. The 15-footer to save bogey on the 11th hole in the final round will be a moment Koepka will look back upon as crucial to his victory. It is unfortunate that memories of Koepka’s remarkable victory – like Retief Goosen’s in 2004, like Jordan Spieth’s in 2015 and, to some degree, Dustin Johnson’s in 2016 – will be hijacked by the seemingly incompetent United States Golf Association. In all four of these championships, the
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