Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Koepka on charge at U.S. Open as Woods labors

Koepka on charge at U.S. Open as Woods labors

Because of that recent history, the USGA might be under as much pressure as any of the competitors this week.

For one day, Pebble Beach was paradise. Shot 65 and you're in the U.S. Open.

Koepka enters this tournament as the No. 1 golfer in the world. "I just went on the reaction of the crowd that it was a good shot and obviously saw that they went nuts", Oosthuizen said. He had that familiar bounce in his step, the almost-cocky strut of a man who knew he had hit his target, knew he had snapped a handful of shoddy streaks, and knew he had posted his name high on the leaderboard for all to see. There are a lot of different opinions out there.

World number one Koepka tees off at 21:47 BST, with 2019 Masters victor Woods out alongside fellow former champions Jordan Spieth and England's Justin Rose at 22:09. But we are better from listening to those perspectives.

"So you don't feel like that buzz that you would on a Sunday, but you can't help but look around over your shoulder, and damn, this is Pebble Beach. We've listened to it, we've taken some of that feedback and incorporated some of it, candidly".

No player has ever won the U.S. Open after winning a PGA Tour event the previous week. The fescue on the greens at Chambers Bay in 2015 was all but dead when the tournament started, and putting was severely hard by Sunday.

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With two wickets falling inside 10 overs, no one could estimate as to what would have happened had there been a resumption. I'm sure the West Indies saw that game as a big chance missed in terms of putting one of the tournament favourites away.

Rose knew what was at stake when he stood over a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in twilight Thursday from watching the telecast some six hours earlier, and from seeing Tiger Woods standing on the edge of the green.

He missed three of the past five U.S. Opens with injuries and missed the cut the last two times he played in 2015 and '18. Like he said, a good day's work. To avoid any repeat, he said, syringes will be used to add water to the greens before the morning and afternoon sessions if the putting area becomes too dry and too fast.

"I feel like I did everything you need to do in a US Open".

"It's typical Pebble Beach where the first seven holes you can get it going, and then after that you're kind of fighting and kind of hanging on", Woods said. "I tried to miss the ball in the correct spots, and a couple of times where I had wedges in my hand, I was just dumping, center of the green, move on, get my 30-, 40-footer and move on about my business and take my medicine when I was in a bad spot and just kind of grind it out". "Pebble Beach is such a wonderful place with what we try to accomplish in achieving a tough test".

Par-5, 543-yard No. 18: Justin Rose made the last of three closing birdies to tie the Open record at Pebble Beach of 65 set in the first round in 2000 by Tiger Woods. Piercy, who finished at 4-under 67, said he might back out of the 3M Open in Blaine after playing in seven of the past nine weeks.

Phil Mickelson makes his putt at the 10th green during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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