Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Woodland denies history with US Open title at Pebble Beach

Woodland denies history with US Open title at Pebble Beach

Brooks Koepka remains at world number one, ahead of Dustin Johnson while US Open victor Gary Woodland is up 13 places to 12th.

As already mentioned, I was sceptical as to whether Woodland quite had the minerals to win a major championship and I was even more unconvinced by his short game but he was awesome this week.

Clinging to a one-shot lead with more pressure than he has ever felt, Woodland seized control by going for the green on the par-5 14th hole with a 3-wood from 263 yards, narrowly clearing a cavernous bunker and setting up a simple up-and-down for a two-shot lead.

"I was just trying to get it over that hump", Woodland said. He stubbed the chip, then barely missed the 9-foot birdie putt that would've put him at 11 under. Ten minutes later, Woodland became the fifth, thanks to a par save courtesy of a chip off the 17th green that almost went in, then a 30-foot birdie on 18 for the final dagger.

"The golf course was just a tad long for me this week to be honest".

"I've never seen energy on a course like that", said Woodland.

He's also the first player who didn't win a U.S. Open after shooting in the 60s in all four rounds - Lee Trevino (1968), Lee Janzen (1993), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Woodland all hoisted the trophy after doing the same.

As one fellow journalist, who has been to dozens of major tournaments, put it earlier in the week - the Masters gets it nearly ideal every year, while the U.S. Open always seems to find a way to goof things up. It's not the three-peat some expected, but he's faced approximately 460 players in the last three U.S. Opens and only been beaten by one. In 2010, no one at Pebble Beach finished under par as victor Graeme McDowell ended up at even par 284. Now he was on the right track, and after a successful college career he joined the PGA Tour in 2009, winning the first of four titles in 2011.

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Rose, who'd began the week trading at around [34.0], drifted right out to [55.0] before he teed off late on Thursday but he hit a low of [2.08] when he birdied the first on Sunday to draw alongside Woodland.

"I like Lahinch, it's a great town, great people, good hospitality, the Guinness tastes pretty good down there, and it's a great golf course".

"I'm still in with a shot", McIlroy said after a two-putt birdie at the 18th allowed him to break par for the third day running. The Holywood man carded two double bogeys on his way to a Sunday 72 at Pebble Beach and a tied ninth finish.

"Once that went in, it all kind of came out of me". He was aware that Tiger Woods had a 12-under 272 during his historic rout at Pebble Beach in 2000, and he topped him.

The early miscues appeared to fire up the 15-time major victor, and Woods responded with back-to-back birdies but the relief was only temporary as he gave back those two shots with bogeys at seven and 12.

Woods, nine back to start the day, began his round in the same frustrating fashion that he ended the second round - with a bogey - and did nothing to improve his mood by picking up another at the third.

Woodland's run had the feel of one of those events that the Granada could've put on its big screen and drawn a packed house.

"Obviously, it's not good to be out of position, but I wasn't by much", Woodland said.

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