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Tuesday 19th June 2018

US Open: Brooks Koepka beats Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills

American Brooks Koepka retained his US Open title with a one-shot victory over England's record-equalling Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills.

Koepka, 28, closed with a two-under-par 68 to top the leaderboard at one over and deny Fleetwood a first major title.

Fleetwood, 27, had set the clubhouse lead at two over after a scintillating seven-under-par 63 - the joint-lowest round in US Open history.

World number one Dustin Johnson shot a 70 to finish third on three over.

England's Justin Rose, who began the day one shot adrift of a four-way tie for the lead, finished tied for 10th on seven over after a three-over 73.

The course was set up in a more favourable fashion for the final round after organisers had to apologise and admit they "went too far" with the layout as only three players broke par on Saturday.

There were also calls for five-time major winner Phil Mickelson to be disqualified after he broke the rules during the third round.

World number four Koepka, who claimed his first major at Erin Hills last year, became the first player to retain the US Open title since Curtis Strange won in 1988 and 1989.


PGA Championship: Francesco Molinari wins at Wentworth by two from Rory McIlroy

Italian Francesco Molinari won the PGA Championship at Wentworth by two shots from fellow overnight leader Rory McIlroy.

Last year's runner-up Molinari finished on 17 under after a final-day 68.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy, winner in 2014, carded a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to finish second at the European Tour's flagship event.

Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard and defending champion Alex Noren from Sweden tied third, a shot further back.

Bjerregaard, who bogeyed the first, carded the round of the day with a seven-under 65.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick finishing with an eagle on the 18th to move to 10 under in a tie for eighth alongside compatriot Ross Fisher.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell was a shot further back, one ahead of Ireland's Shane Lowry and 21-year-old Sam Horsfield.

The 2017 Race to Dubai champion, Tommy Fleetwood, finished on seven under, tied with Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, while Lee Westwood ended at six under after a final-round 74.


The Open Championship: Tiger Woods to play at Carnoustie

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods will play at The Open Championship at Carnoustie in July.

Woods, a three-time winner of the Claret Jug, made his competitive return to golf in December, after 16 months out following multiple back surgeries.

The American, 42, finished tied for 32nd at the Masters in April, his first appearance at a major since 2015.

Woods' two previous appearances at the Scottish course saw him finish seventh in 1999 and 12th in 2007.

The Open, won by Woods in 2000, 2005 and 2006, will be played from 19-22 July and is the third major of the year.

The former world number one played only three events in 2017 and one in 2016 due to his ongoing injury problems.

A second-place finish at the Valspar Championship in March was Woods' best finish at a tournament since 2013.


Masters 2018: Patrick Reed wins at Augusta for first major title

Patrick Reed held off fellow Americans Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to claim his first major title with a one-shot win at the Masters at Augusta.

The world number 24, who had been ahead since the second round, led Rory McIlroy by three shots overnight.

McIlroy, chasing his first Green Jacket to complete the Grand Slam, faded with a two-over 74, while Reed parred the last to shoot 71 and win on 15 under.

Fowler (67) ended second, one ahead of Spieth, who had nine birdies in a 64.


St Andrews to host 150th Open in 2021

St Andrews will host the 150th Open Championship in 2021, organisers have announced.

It will be the 30th time the Scottish course has staged the tournament, extending its own record.

It was last held at St Andrews in 2015, when American Zach Johnson won his second major title in a play-off.

This year's Open will be held at Carnoustie, in Scotland, followed by Northern Ireland's Royal Portrush in 2019 and Royal St George's in England in 2020.


The Open: 2020 Championship to be held at Royal St George's

The 2020 Open Championship will be staged at Royal St George's.

The Kent club has hosted The Open 14 times, most recently in 2011, when Darren Clarke won the event for the first time.

The club voted in March 2015 to admit female members for the first time in its history.

"It is a thrilling prospect to see the greatest players competing on one of the world's finest links courses," R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.

The 149th Open will be played from 16-19 July 2020.