AAP Golf

No win but US Open history for Koepka

By AAP Newswire

Brooks Koepka brought his 'A' game to Pebble Beach on Sunday, hoping it would be good enough to make history.

It was in a way.

Just not good enough to slow down the magic show Gary Woodland was putting on behind him.

Koepka's round of three-under 68 left him three strokes short of Woodland, who stopped Koepka's quest to become the first player since 1905 to win three straight US Opens.

Koepka did make history by becoming only the fourth player to break 70 in all four rounds of the US Open, but even that didn't turn out so great.

Ten minutes later, Woodland became the fifth.

And so, Koepka's special place in history after this week at Pebble Beach is that he's the only man to break 70 all four rounds and not walk away with the title.

He finished 10-under par 274.

"I played great. Nothing I could do. I gave it my all. And sometimes, no matter how good your 'good' is, it isn't there," Koepka said.

The world No.1 came into the day trailing by four but made an all-world par save - first from the gallery, then from the thick grass in a barranca fronting the second green - and followed that with three birdies in a row that lifted him to 11 under, only one shot behind Woodland.

"I thought, 'Yeah, we've got a ball game now,"' Koepka said.

However, Woodland never gave up his lead as Koepka stalled on the back nine.

"All day he was knocking on the door. I was proud to stay in my moment and control myself," Woodland said.

Though Koepka will have to wait a month before his next attempt at major No.5 - at the British Open at Royal Portrush - his resume didn't take too bad a hit.

His line in the majors this year: One win, two second-place finishes.

With his three-peat attempt over, Koepka finally took some time to reflect on the history he almost made.

"I didn't really think about it until I was done on 18 and realised how close I actually was to kind of, I guess, not making history, but kind of tying it," he said.

"It's a cool feeling to know. Just wasn't meant to be this week."