Southampton - England's Tommy Fleetwood matched the lowest
round in US Open history Sunday, flirting with a record 62 before settling for
a seven-under 63 at Shinnecock Hills.
Fleetwood became the sixth player to shoot a 63 in the US
Open, and just the second to do so in the final round along with 1973 winner
Fleetwood's round, which was 15 strokes better than his 78
on Saturday - wasn't enough to carry him to the title.
He finished one stroke behind American Brooks Koepka, just
missed matching the record for low round in any major, 62 set by Branden Grace
at last year's British Open.
"So many positives, He said. "So many great
things. Had a chance to shoot a 62. And at the end of the day I got within one
of winning, when I was so far back at the start of the day.
"It's easy to look at it and think I was one shy and
you can be disappointed.
"But there's so many positives to look at and so much
that you can take from it and learn from it."
The 27-year-old from Southport, whose four European Tour
titles include his defence of his Abu Dhabi Championship title this year,
started the day six off the pace but stormed up the leaderboard with a four
birdies and one bogey on the front nine.
"I just needed a good start," Fleetwood said.
"We knew they would have made it a bit softer today and looking at the
pins you knew they were more accessible."
When he birdied four of his first seven holes, Fleetwood
said, "It was game on."
A burst of four successive birdies at 12, 13, 14 and 15 was
halted when he missed the green at the par-four 16th. He parred 17 as his hopes
of matching the lowest round in major championship history -- the 62 shot by
Branden Grace at the 2017 British Open - dwindled.
He had a birdie look at the 18th, but his nine-foot birdie
putt didn't drop.
"The putt, I actually started it on the line I wanted
to," Fleetwood said. "It was a little bit slower than I expected.
"I knew what score it was for," he added. "If
I could go back, I would give it a little pace."
With his round done, Fleetwood watched for two hours as
Koepka battled through the back nine.
He dandled his infant son, Frankie, as he tried to stay
prepared for a possible playoff - or victory celebration.
"I'm not going to dwell too much on it," Fleetwood
said. "I got very close to winning a major."