That is not to say the week sailed by without incident.
Koepka never lost the lead.
Wall: He's now finished inside the top 25 in 13 of his last 15 major championships. "It would have been fun to dual it out with him coming down the end, having to make some putts".
There were plenty of highs and lows this week on Long Island.
Brooks Koepka went back-to-back for just the seventh time in U.S. Open history.
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. Johnson then had to play the remaining holes unsure of what his score was. In the intervening year, a serious wrist injury - a partially torn tendon in his left wrist - forced Koepka to stop playing for months.
A conservative closing bogey, typical of Koepka's smart avoid-disaster style, gave him a 1-over-par total of 281 and a one-shot win over England's Tommy Fleetwood, who tied the U.S. Open scoring record with a 63. Curtis Strange called it "everything that you have seen in your worst-kept lawn". But Koepka now has two to Johnson's one, and it seems like his talent deserves more. Mostly however the suspicion is the U.S Open test is one purely of execution. A back-nine 37 meant a 68, with a very respectable fourth-place finish.
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Finau still had a chance to tie Koepka with a couple of more birdies, but missed long putts at 16 and 17 before getting into trouble at No. 18 with an errant tee shot.
There is a reason the course is so revered. "Having said that, this golf course will get slowed down tonight".
"It played a lot easier (Sunday)", Reed said after his final round. He bogeyed Nos. 2, 3 and 4, but played his way back to even par for the day with five birdies (including three in a four-hole stretch), mixed with two more bogeys.
"It was a tale of two golf courses, and no doubt, we would admit, well-executed shots were not only not regarded, but were punished, " said Mike Davis, the USGA's executive director and the man in charge of course setup. But it happened again. A miscalculation of wind, not enough water on the greens and some insane golf ensued Saturday, leading to just three scores under par, a scoring average north of 75 and some raised blood pressure.
Finau, who went into the final round tied for the lead, playing in the final group with Daniel Berger, shot a 2-over-par 72 to finish at 285 in fifth place, four strokes behind victor Brooks Koepka. Newell also let Davis take the job of opening Fox's broadcast with a taped message, unlike his predecessor Diana Murphy.