US Open: Fleetwood goes oh so close with record 63

Wouldn’t long-haired Englishman Tommy Fleetwood love one more crack at that three-metre putt?

Not only would it have thrust him into the history books as the first player to shoot 62 in a US Open, it just might have got him into a playoff with eventual winner Koepka Brooks for the championship as well.

Tommy Fleetwood Tommy Fleetwood salutes US Open crowd (Credit: USGA)

As it was Fleetwood played one of the great final rounds, shooting 63 on one of the world’s toughest layouts – only the sixth player to ever achieve the feat.

He then waited around for three hours to miss a playoff with Koepka by a mere shot.

Oh, if only that putt had dropped.

As it was, his birdie putt at the 72nd hole slipped by a few centimetres to the right

“Obviously, that’s the putt that will play on your mind because that was the last shot you hit and that was your chance,” said Fleetwood.

“But I missed some putts in the week. I made some putts. I think everybody did.”

“And your score is your score.”

“For me, just getting that close to winning a major again, I think that is the ultimate thing I’ll take from it.”

“I’m not going to dwell too much on it…it is what it is.”

Certainly Fleetwood looked on target to equal South African Branden Grace’s record 62 in major championship golf set in last year’s British Open at Royal Birkdale.

The 27-year-old got it to seven under on his round through 15 holes.

Sadly he failed to take advantage of the par-five 16th or the par-four 17th where he had to settle for pars.

Then he hit the almost perfect approach to the difficult 18th before slightly mis-reading the putt and just missing a birdie that would have set the record.

“I wanted 62,” said Fleetwood. “I knew what score it [the putt] was for.”

“I actually hit the putt I wanted to but it is so steep that green it was a bit slower than I thought.”