Runner-up Koepka says not winning U.S. Open ‘does not sting’

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka came close to winning a third consecutive U.S. Open on Sunday however while he had to settle for second location behind Gary Forest the world primary was far from down on himself.

Jun 16, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Brooks Koepka reacts after a shot on the 12 th hole throughout the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Koepka, seeking to end up being the very first golf player in more than a century to win 3 straight U.S. Opens, was the last male standing to challenge Forest at Pebble Beach.

He carded a three-under-par 68 to finish three strokes behind the champion.

” It wasn’t suggested to be today,” said Koepka.

” It was awesome to come this near going 3 in a row.

” I didn’t truly consider it till I was done on 18 and recognized how close I really was to, not making history, but sort of connecting it, I guess you could state.

” It does not sting. I played great. I provided it my all and in some cases, like this week, it’s not indicated to be. And in some cases no matter how great your excellent is, it isn’t (enough).”

Koepka’s last sensible possibility to require a playoff disappeared when his nine-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18 th broke dramatically to the right, missing out on by millimeters.

” I seemed like I had an excellent keep reading it and it just dove ideal throughout the front,” he said.

Koepka, who ended up at 10- under 274, provided credit to Woodland.

” Hat’s off to him. He deserves it, he’s worked tough and I’m extremely pleased for him.”

As well as the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens, Koepka has won the past two PGA Champions, the latter only last month.

With a tie for second at the Masters in April he has actually finished no worse than 2nd in the 3 majors played this year.

Though he was unable to match Scottish-born Willie Anderson, who won his very first U.S. Open in 1901 and after that rattled three straight success in ’03, ’04 and ’05, Koepka has actually developed himself as the ‘one to beat’ in men’s golf.

There is still one significant left this year, the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland from July 18-21

” I’ve never ever been to Ireland, however my caddie, it’s his home town, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Reporting by Steve Keating, Writhing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Modifying by Peter Rutherford

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