US Open 2018 Daily Updates
The US Open is underway at Shinnecock Hills, with the world's greatest golfers all competing to take home one of golfs 4 Major tournaments. The first 2 days are all about making the halfway cut before the tournament heats up over the weekend. Make sure to check back to this page each day for a look back at the previous days action.
Sunday 17th June
Brooks Koepka has done it! Just the 3rd man who has retained the US Open since WW2, Koepka won by just a single stroke. Finishing the 4 day event 1 over par, he was pushed to the end by Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. Fleetwood came into the day 9 over par after falling victim to the horrible conditions on Saturday.
Fleetwood actually managed to play the best round of golf of the whole event, shooting 7 under par. Starting the day tied for 21st, Tommy Fleetwood managed to work his way up to 2nd, overtaking Dustin Johnson. Johnson has led until the final day, but couldn’t recover from a poor Saturday showing. Patrick Reed and Tony Finau were within 4 strokes of the lead, but neither really looked like threatening Koepka’s lead.
Koepka went into the final day tied for 1st with 3 other golfers. However the other 3 players simply didn't show up and threaten the American today. Dustin Johnson managed to finish on par, but Tony Finau and Daniel Berger both finished over par. Poor competition combined with Koepka’s under par performance handed the golfer his second consecutive US Open win. Koepka’s performance improved each day, barring a slight wobble on Saturday. Even still, his worst round was +5 on the first day, which is quite an achievement at Shinnecock Hills, which proved to be too difficult for some. Koepka will be looking to retain his US Open again in 2019, but surely we will see more world class golf compared to this year's showing.
Saturday 16th June
Saturday finished with 4 golfers tied for the lead. It was another brutal day at Shinnecock Hills, with all but 3 golfers finishing over par. Dustin Johnson has a poor day but still managed to stay in the lead, within touching distance of a 2nd US Open title.
Two remarkable stories of the day came courtesy of Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, who both came from 7 strokes behind to become joint leaders. They were 2 of 3 golfers who managed to take advantage of everyone else's poor day. Brooks Koepka is the 4th golfer who is going into the final day tied for the lead, after shooting a commendable 2 over par on a very tough day. Johnson did have a chance to go into Sunday with a clear one stroke lead, but a bogey on the 18th was a fitting end to a very difficult day for all at the US Open. There were some horror shows, even for the experience golfers at the course. Ian Poulter left at +6, Patrick Rodgers at +13 and Rickie Fowler at +14. Shinnecock Hills is keeping its reputation as one of the toughest courses in the world, and it's looking like it might be a while before some golfers choose to return.
Friday 15th June
The halfway cut has been made, with some high profile golfers missing out. Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all struggled to recover from a poor first day and have had their US Open ended early. McIlroy and Woods finished worse off, both on +10 with Spieth still only managing +9.
Dustin Johnson continued his dominance, finishing the day as the only player under par. Hoping to follow on from his 2016 win, Johnson shot a round of 67, taking his overall score to 4 under par. His nearest competitors were 3 English men. Ian Poulter was playing some great golf until a triple bogey on the 17th set him back to 1 over par. It was a similar story for Justin Rose, who was 1 under until 2 bogeys on the last 2 holes put him over par. Tommy Fleetwood was a relatively unknown name, but played the best golf of the day. Shooting 66, Fleetwood finished the day tied for 2nd after coming in from 5 over par on the previous day.
Thursday 14th June
The first day of the 2018 US Open was brutal for some of golf's biggest stars, with many pre-tournament favourites now far from making the halfway cut. Only 4 players played better than evens, with Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter the 2 star names amongst 4 currently tied for first.
Looking back at Bet UK’s favourites for the US Open, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth both sit at +8 and Rory McIlroy is on +10. Unless there is a major turnaround on day 2, then all 3 look like being eliminated before the weekend. Combined, the official top 10 players in the world shot 52 over par, with Shinnecock Hills proving to be an incredibly difficult course, as Bet UK predicted here. The knee-high roughs either side of the the fairway on many holes proved a huge difficulty for everyone at the US Open on the opening day, with many struggling to even find their balls after a tee off.
Overall, the Shinnecock Hills course is proving just as difficult as at the 2004 US Open, where only 2 players ended the 4 days under par. However with the additional changes being made to the course, it seems like its made the whole tournament even more difficult. Spieth admitted on the first day that he tried to do too much, so will we see a different approach on day 2? We could see golfers playing more conservatively and playing for par, rather than taking the risky shots that Shinnecock Hills will lure you into.
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