PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka got right here shut to a success a third consecutive U.S. Open on Sunday but while he needed to pick for 2nd space at the wait on of Gary Woodland the realm quantity one used to be removed from down on himself.
Koepka, searching for to alter into the most predominant golfer in extra than a century to purchase three straight U.S. Opens, used to be the final man standing to trouble Woodland at Pebble Seaside.
He carded a three-below-par 68 to enact three strokes at the wait on of the champion.
“It wasn’t meant to be this week,” acknowledged Koepka.
“It used to be superior to come wait on this shut to going three in a row.
“I didn’t undoubtedly take into anecdote it till I was performed on 18 and realized how shut I undoubtedly used to be to, now not making history, but form of tying it, I order that you simply can direct.
“It doesn’t sting. I performed expansive. I gave it my all and every so ceaselessly, devour this week, it’s now not meant to be. And every so ceaselessly no topic how apt your apt is, it isn’t (ample).”
Koepka’s final practical chance to power a playoff disappeared when his 9-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th broke sharply to the accurate, missing by millimeters.
“I felt devour I had a apt learn on it and it lawful dove accurate all around the entrance,” he acknowledged.
Koepka, who finished at 10-below 274, gave credit rating to Woodland.
“Hat’s off to him. He deserves it, he’s worked exhausting and I’m very satisfied for him.”
As successfully because the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens, Koepka has acquired the previous two PGA Championships, the latter easiest final month.
With a tie for 2nd at the Masters in April he has finished no worse than 2nd in the three majors performed this one year.
Though he used to be unable to match Scottish-born Willie Anderson, who acquired his first U.S. Open in 1901 after which reeled off three straight victories in ‘03, ‘04 and ‘05, Koepka has established himself because the ‘one to beat’ in males’s golf.
There is aloof one most predominant left this one year, the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland from July 18-21.
“I’ve never been to Ireland, but my caddie, it’s his fatherland, so I’m having a see forward to it,” he acknowledged.
Reporting by Steve Keating, Writhing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Modifying by Peter Rutherford