Scenes From the U.S. Open at Shinnecock

Photographs by Craig Macnaughton and John Musnicki
Out of the sand: Dustin Johnson at the 14th hole during the first round on Thursday. John Musnicki

It's been 29 years since Curtis Strange won back-to-back U.S. Opens, but on Sunday Brooks Koepka became only the seventh man to have his name engraved on that 18-inch, 9-pound, two-handled jug of shining silver two years running.

The muscular 28-year-old Floridian, an exemplar of the "new golfer," athletic, his rocketed drives paired with a finessed short game, finished one over par to squeak past a bearded, longhaired Brit, Tommy Fleetwood, who shot a near record 63 in the final round, wrapping up about three hours ahead of Koepka and watching the remaining drama unfold from the comfort of the clubhouse as the sun beat down. 

Golfers like Patrick Reed, the newly minted Masters champ, among many others, may have complained about the hole placement on the undulating greens, the watering, and the course's difficulties generally, but for duffers, weekend warriors, and even those who've never hefted an iron at all, it made for a most entertaining tournament.

But don't take our word for it. These photos speak volumes.

Brooks Koepka defended his U.S. Open title at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday.Craig Macnaughton
Dustin Johnson, in white, and Justin Thomas, in pink, watched Tiger Woods at the 14th hole during the first round. John Musnicki
Tiger Woods saw things from Dustin Johnson's perspective as Johnson lined up a putt on Thursday.Craig Macnaughton
Woods, who was not to make it to the final round, teed off on the 15th hole Thursday.Craig Macnaughton
Duane Bock, an East Hampton native and Kevin Kisner's caddy, tested the wind for Kisner on Thursday.Craig Macnaughton
Tommy Fleetwood drained this birdie putt on 18 on Friday during the second round.John Musnicki
The rain lifted Friday afternoon, but the unexpected showers had done little to deter fans.John Musnicki
Rory McIlroy, left, teed off on the 18th, and Phil Mickelson, right, grimaced after missing a putt on day one of the Open.Craig Macnaughton
Tommy Fleetwood at the 14th hole during the first round.John Musnicki