A Surprise Winner at The US Open

Before everyone starts to talk about Brooks Koepka again, this article is not about him. It is about a player who destroyed Shinnecock Hills on the Sunday of the US Open when the rest of the field struggled to break par. I am not sure what happened, but Tommy Fleetwood almost rose from the ashes like a fiery phoenix to snatch victory from the odds on favourites.

Shooting the low round of the tournament at 63, Tommy showed that on any given day, anyone can play lights out. I have to wonder what would have happened if he played the same way on a regular tour event course; I am thinking a 57 or 56 was possible. However, we will never know. The 63 was memorable enough. And, I am not the only one that thought so:

Fleetwood shot an amazing 15 strokes better on Sunday. How is that even possible? I guess with 8 birdies and 1 bogey, he demonstrated that Shinnecock was not as tough as everyone thought. Any golf course will fall to its knees if a player shoots 88.89% (16/18) GIR with a driving accuracy of 92.86% (13/14). Those two stats alone tell the tale for me. However, after watching the recap of his round, his putting was the key. Just watch:

Tommy Fleetwood’s last round of the 2018 US Open was the highlight for me. To dominate the course in such a fashion was amazing. I am happy for the Brooks Koepka’s back to back wins, but I am pretty sure everyone can agree the Fleetwood’s 63 on day 4 was the highlight of the 2018 US Open.

What was your highlight?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “A Surprise Winner at The US Open

  1. Jim, fantastic round by Fleetwood. I was not totally surprised because his ball flight suits the winds of Shinnecock quite well, but the putting was awesome. I have Tommy F as my early favorite for The British Open next month. He’s gonna get one soon!



    • Brian

      I think he is the next JT. Rise to top for a bit and then slowly work his way down the ladder as new stars like Fleetwood rise to the top. I hope you are right, but I am not sure who I am going to pick next month. Patrick Reed and Justin Rose will be on my list for sure. Have a great day.


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