Gary Woodland Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka and fired a tremendous final-round 69 to win the 119th U.S. Open. The victory is Woodland's first major championship and comes after the hero of the 36-hole and 54-hole leads in the tournament.
Those looking for drama on Sunday afternoon have not avoided the bogeys on his final six but two birdies, including a 30-foot putt on 18 under par, one stroke better than Tiger Woods' score of 12-under from 2000. Woodland's four bogeys over the course of this year's US Open tie for the last 50 years.
Prior to Sunday's win at Pebble Beach, Woodland – a three-time winner on the PGA Tour – what actually 0 for 7 attempting to convert 54-hole leads into wins. He's the 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship in 2018 at Bellerive en route to Koepka's win and played his final round that year with Tiger Woods as he thrilled the crowd with a 64 on Sunday. Those experiences allowed Woodland to grow more familiar with championship-level golf in pressure situations, and it will not deliver when it's needed on Sunday at Pebble Beach.
Two shots down the stretch Woodland's calm under pressure. The first came to the par-5 14th as Woodland took off at 265 yards out on his second shot to a birdie that would extend the lead.
The next came after a tea at the par-3 17th. Woodland had a chip on the other side of the hourglass green complex. He's in a perfect shot to save his life.
Woodland is 35 years old but has been with some of his career's best golf here in the last two seasons. Pebble Beach answered the challenge with 73 percent of fairways hits and 72 percent of greens in regulation across 72 holes of championship golf conditions. This is a change in Woodland's life, and the recent form suggests that it is capable of doing so.
Here's how the leaderboard looked at the conclusion of the U.S. Open.
1. Gary Woodland (-13): This is Woodland's third top-10 in his last four major starts, meaning he's among golf's top players. Woodland's game is at right now.
2. Brooks Koepka (-10): Three birdies in his first four holes set Koepka up to chase down Woodland and claim a third-straight Open title. Koepka in the round with multiple birdie looks up and down during his final nine holes. He feels good about his game – four rounds in the 60s is nothing to sneeze at, after all and at a high level. It's not the three-peat some expected, but he's faced about 460 players in the last three. Open and only be beaten by one. And that one had all-time performance. You can not ask for more of one of golf's greats of this era.
T3. Xander Schauffele (-7): A pair of bogeys coming in 13 and 15 kept on a wooden fence, but he had one of the best rounds of the day going for a stretch of the afternoon. Shovel what 5 under on the day thru 10 and ended up with a 67 that could have been a 66 or 65 if a few putts fall down the stretch. It's a third-straight top-10 finish at the U.S. Open and fourth in his last six major starts.
T3. Jon Rahm (-7): Four rounds under par at a Open the affirmation that cream has shaken the reputation of a player that's going to let it go and get the best of it in championship golf. Cream what average with hiis accuracy off the tea and yet still found ways to scramble and get the scores needed for his fourth top-10 major finish.
T3. Chez Reavie (-7): This was a new spot for Reavie to be in one of the final groups on Sunday at the U.S. He is in a position to have his best finish at a major.
T3. Justin Rose (-7): Exhausted putting and short game play Rose's run through 54 holes of Pebble Beach, and then on Sunday, everything started to look a little more difficult. Rose needed scores to hang in contention with Woodland and Koepka on the back of nine bogeys and six pars. Still a great week for Rose but disappointing to see it fade late on Sunday.
T7. Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen (-6): A pair of former major winners were lurking should be the leaders at any point in the final round. Oosthuizen had a tougher Sunday, shooting a 1-over 72 while Scott was on his way through the week with a 68 to sneak into the top-10.
T9. Rory McIlroy, Chesson Hadley (-5): Hadley had just made one cut in a major championship (2015 PGA Championship) before this week, so this T9 finish is just as much a boost to the career profile as coming from the 31-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina, native. McIlroy had an overall disappointing final round where he was not able to capitalize on one of his best. Open starts, but his birdie at 18 put him in the top 10 for the 11th time in 2019.
T21. Tiger Woods (-2): Woods needed a flurry of birdies late in his round to shoot a 2-under 69 and finish the championship under par. Despite the horrendous start with four bogeys on his first six holes, Woods still shot his best of the championship and Royal Portrush for The Open Championship in July. Open since 2009. Now he'll take some time off.
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