Repeat champions in sports generally don't make big headlines these days, with it happening on a fairly regular basis.

But in golf, for a player to pull off back-to-back wins in the U.S. Open, it is a big deal.

In this edition of 'Off The Tee', Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf and I talk about Brooks Koepka becoming the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989 to win consecutive opens. Koepka capped off his second victory with an overall score of one-over-par at the 2018 U.S. Open.

We also discuss:

  • Another bad showing for the USGA, who followed up a disastrous 2004 showing at Shinnecock Hills with another misstep this year, as dry weather made the course nearly unplayable at times
  • Dustin Johnson had a commanding four-stroke lead at the midway points, but shot 77 Saturday and eventually finished third
  • Britain's Tommy Fleetwood nearly pulled off the win with a record tying round of 63 Sunday (June 17)
  • Some of golf's biggest names were nowhere to be found over the weekend after missing the cut
  • Koepka's win was over shadowed by Phil Mickelson taking a two-stroke penalty, Saturday (June 16), on the 13th hole, for striking a moving ball. Joel says the punishment should have been much more severe
  • After a nearly 50 year absence, the Twin Cities are getting a PGA Tour event again. The 3M Championship will call TPC Twin Cities in Blaine home, beginning in the summer of 2019

Here's our full conversation:


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