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Koepka Lurking in Quest For Three-Peat

June 15, 2019 - 6:16 PM
Brooks Koepka has given himself a chance to become just the second person ever to win three U.S. Opens in a row. (USGA/Michael Reaves)

Brooks Koepka continues to climb the leader board, rising from T-16 after the first round to T-6 after 36 holes to a share of third place heading into the final round. Koepka has made just one bogey over his last 37 holes, including a clean card on Saturday that featured three birdies and 15 pars. He is the sixth player to attempt to win his third consecutive U.S. Open (Bob Jones retired from competitive golf after winning in 1929 and 1930). Each of the others have also been in the top 12 through 54 holes: Willie Anderson, 2nd in 1905; John McDermott, T-6 in 1913; Ralph Guldahl, T-12 in 1939; Ben Hogan, 2nd in 1952; and Curtis Strange, T-7 in 1990. With a victory, Koepka would join Anderson as the only players to successfully defend their U.S. Open title twice. He would also join Tiger Woods (2005 and 2006) in winning multiple majors in two consecutive seasons.