Brooks Koepka held off the challenge of our 50/1 tip Tommy Fleetwood to retain his US Open title at Shinnecock Hills, becoming the first man to mount a successful defence since Curtis Strange in 1989.
In a thrilling and at times brutal championship, Koepka held his nerve over the weekend as others suffered, fighting his way back from 11 shots off the pace at one stage. When he slipped to seven-over par on Friday, the defending champion was a 250/1 chance with Betfred in-running, with world number one Dustin Johnson ending the first two rounds four shots clear of the field and at 4/6 in the betting.
Saturday’s punishing pin positions caused mayhem on the leaderboard, with Johnson dropping five shots in his first five holes, but Koepka rose through the field with a solid round of 72. He then had to respond when Fleetwood posted a joint US Open record score of 63 in his final round to set the clubhouse lead at two-over, but he showed little signs of tension as he won by a single shot.
It capped a remarkable turnaround for the American, who had missed the first few months of the season with a wrist injury. His victory in New York has lifted him to fourth in the world rankings and he must be considered a serious contender for next month’s Open Championship at Carnoustie. Koepka, who finished 10th in 2015 and sixth last year, is at 25/1 with William Hill.
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