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US Open: Gary Woodland holds back Brooks Koepka and wins the first major

Gary Woodland held a one-shot lead in the final round
US Open Final Leaderboard
-13 G Woodland (USA); -10 B Koepka (USA); -7 J. Rose (Eng), X. Schauffele (US), J. Rahm (Spa), C. Reavie (US); -6 A Scott, L Oosthuizen (SA); -5 R. McIlroy (NI), H. Stenson (Swe), C. Hadley (US)
Selected others: -4 M. Fitzpatrick (Eng), M. Wallace (Eng), D. Willett; -3 G McDowell (NI); -2 T. Woods (USA), P. Casey (Eng), T. Hatton (Eng); -1 S Lowry (Irish)

US American Gary Woodland prevailed against world champion Brooks Koepka and celebrated his first major victory at the 119th US Open at Pebble Beach.

The number 25 in the world scored a two-under-69 and won with three against 13 against the two-time defending champion Koepka.

"It was special, I never thought the tournament was over," Woodland said.

Englishman Justin Rose took part of the lead on Sunday with a birdie on the first hole, but dropped out with a 74 to finish under par on seven.

The 38-year-old number four in the world, who wanted to win the second major of his career after his success at the US Open in 2013, carded five bogeys and took third place with Spaniard Jon Rahm and Americans Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie.

Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland experienced a turbulent final day with double bogeys on the second and 16th day. However, he finished the day with a birdie to climb the top 10 at five.

Englishman Matt Wallace, Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick finished another shot back.

In the meantime, Tiger Woods began the day with eleven strokes less speed and slid down four pods in his first six holes in the leaderboard.

The 43-year-old, who won the Masters in April, caused a stunning recovery as he carded six birdies to shoot a 69 and land two under the same value in his record 15-shot win in 2000.

"I was able to make it below average for the week," said the 15-time major champion. "Usually that's a good thing at a US Open, but these guys really do bring it to the golf course."

Resilient Woodland lands in the first major

It was a week so promising for Rose, who shot a 65 opening round to score a one-shot lead in the first round – the lowest score at Pebble Beach at the US Open, a record set by Woods in his victory had the first of his three US Open titles 19 years ago.

Woodland prevailed two shots ahead of the Englishman at the end of the second round and increased four shots on Saturday but at the end of the game Rose was able to bring the deficit back in one fell swoop.

And after defending his lead on 11 am on Sunday, it threatened a thrilling duel on the final day.

Koepka, who started the day at seven under zero, however, signaled his intention to come below four with four birdies in his first five holes and a wonderful par-save at the second after a strange tee to eleven.

Rose was unable to gain momentum as Woodland responded with successive birdies. Koepka then dropped his first shot of the day on the eighth, minutes before Rose cheated on the same hole and Woodland's pillow was back to three.

Woodland had carded only two bogeys in his first three rounds to the last day, but he found the rough with a loose tee on the ninth and had to lie down before falling back to 12 under.

Rose, a good friend of Woodland, carded his worst round of the week on Sunday

The nerves seemed to be in the final pairing as they made a bogey on the 12th and on the 13th Rose fired three shots from the lead with another drop shot and Koepka left one behind his American compatriot.

But Koepka began to wobble, struggling through his next three holes to keep par, and Woodland took the opportunity to build a two-shot cushion with a four-foot birdie at the 14th par.

The 29-year-old, who won his fourth major at the US PGA Championship last month and took second place in Woods at the Masters, could not find the birdies he longed for from now on and carded a 68th game day Become the first player to record four rounds in the 1960s and not win the US Open.

"It was one of the best ball strokes I've ever had," said the American, who after Scottish Willie Anderson (1903-05) tried to become only the second player to win three consecutive US Open titles.

"Unfortunately, I did not do the putts, but Gary did and congratulated him, which was a cool way to see how he ended it and ended up in style.

"I thought we had a game early on, I closed the gap and you never know what's going to happen on the track, I just tried to push the pedal down and make some putts, but I did not punch enough ,

"I'm very happy with how I played, I played my heart out, it just was not good enough this week."

Woodland, whose best ever final in a major at last year's US PGA Championship finished in sixth, had to end his first victory with a 30-foot birdie.

"I have never looked too far forward," he said. "As soon as the putt of 18 went in, I let him out of me, it was special to finish him here in Pebble Beach."


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