Pebble Beach - Gary
Woodland won the 119th US Open on Sunday, capturing his first major
title with a 13-under par total to deny two-time defending champion
Brooks Koepka's bid for history at Pebble Beach.
Woodland punctuated the victory with a birdie bomb at 18, a final
flourish in a display of back-nine fortitude that saw him convert a
54-hole lead for the first time in eight career attempts.
"Once that went in, it all kind of came out of me, it was special to
finish it off here at Pebble Beach," said Woodland, who threw his arms
in the air then pumped his fist.
He knew his 13-under total was one better than the 12-under posted by Tiger Woods in his US Open victory at Pebble in 2000.
But 19 years ago, Woods was the only player under par, marching to
victory by a massive 15 strokes while Woodland topped a leaderboard that
featured 31 players under par.
Most dangerous was Koepka, trying to become just the second player -
and the first in more than a century - to win the US Open three
He started the day four strokes off Woodland's lead and immediately applied pressure with four birdies in his first five holes.
But his three-under 68 left him three strokes shy on 10-under 274.
Koepka did grab a slice of US Open history, becoming the fourth
player to complete four rounds in the 60s. Minutes later, Woodland
became the fifth with a final scoreline of 68-65-69-69.
"I was proud of myself to stay in my moment and control myself and not get too worried about what he was doing," Woodland said.
England's Justin Rose, who started the day one shot behind Woodland,
struggled to a three-over 74 to finish tied for third on seven-under
with Americans Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie and Spain's Jon Rahm.
Woodland, 35, took a two-shot lead with a bold birdie at the par-five
14th, where he powered his second shot to the short rough behind the
green and chipped to three feet.
"The idea was to play to win," Woodland said.
"That birdie kind of separated me a little bit."
He was in trouble at the par-three 17th, where his tee shot found the
front right of the putting surface - on the wrong side of a ridge in
the hourglass green.
Woodland opted to pitch up and the shot tracked straight toward the hole, settling two feet away.
"I was just trying to get it over that hump," Woodland said.
"Fortunately I had the same shot earlier in the week, so I already
executed it once. It came off beautifully, and I thought it had a chance
to go in there - it gave me a little cushion on the last."
Woodland, who admitted he
once had trouble handling the rush of adrenaline in pressure situations,
displayed impressive poise on a day when plenty of players were
pressing on a receptive Pebble Course.
Louis Oosthuizen got to nine-under. So did Adam Scott.
Only Rory McIlroy was going backwards, the Northern Ireland star's bid doomed by a brace of double-bogeys.
Even Tiger Woods got on the birdie bandwagon with six birdies on his
last 12 holes. But after four bogeys in his first five, it was too
little too late, the 15-time major winner finishing two-under and 11
shots off the pace.
Koepka's charge slowed with a bogey at the eighth, and after two
birdies and a bogey on the front nine, Woodland turned with a two-shot
lead over Koepka and Rose.
Koepka pulled within one with a birdie at the 11th, giving the shot back at 12 when he failed to get up and down from a bunker.
Woodland also bogeyed the par-three 12th, but he salvaged a par after a poor tee shot at 13 to stay in front.
Trailing by two on the tee of the par-five 18th, Koepka found the
fairway and ripped his second shot to the short rough behind the green,
but his chip left him nine feet for birdie and he settled for a closing
"I played great," said Koepka, who had taken his tally of major
titles to four with his two US Open wins and back-to-back PGA
Championship victories. "Nothing I could do.
"Gary played a great four days. Cool way to go out on 18, to make
that bomb," Koepka added.
"He deserves it, he's worked hard and I'm
happy for him."
Final round scores on Monday in the 119th US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links (par-71):
271 - Gary Woodland (USA) 68-65-69-69
274 - Brooks Koepka (USA) 69-69-68-68
277 - Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-70-70-68, Xander Schauffele (USA)
66-73-71-67, Chez Reavie (USA) 68-70-68-71, Justin Rose (ENG)
278 - Adam Scott (AUS) 70-69-71-68, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 66-70-70-72
279 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 68-71-70-70, Chesson Hadley (USA) 68-70-70-71, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 68-69-70-72
280 - Viktor Hovland (NOR) 69-73-71-67, Danny Willett (ENG)
71-71-67-71, Matt Wallace (ENG) 70-68-71-71, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG)
281 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68-72-71-70, An Byeong-Hun (KOR)
70-72-68-71, Webb Simpson (USA) 74-68-73-66, Matt Kuchar (USA)
69-69-70-73, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 69-70-70-72
282 - Jason Day (AUS) 70-73-70-69, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)
69-73-70-70, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 73-71-68-70, Tiger Woods (USA)
70-72-71-69, Alex Prugh (USA) 75-69-70-68, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)
70-74-69-69, Paul Casey (ENG) 70-72-73-67
283 - Sepp Straka (AUT) 68-72-76-67, Shane Lowry (IRL) 75-69-70-69, Nate Lashley (USA) 67-74-70-72, Jim Furyk (USA) 73-67-72-71
284 - Marcus Kinhult (SWE) 74-70-74-66, Billy Horschel (USA) 73-70-71-70, Patrick Reed (USA) 71-73-72-68
285 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 69-74-70-72, Martin Kaymer (GER)
69-75-71-70, Jason Dufner (USA) 70-71-73-71, Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
69-74-73-69, Dustin Johnson (USA) 71-69-71-74, Brandon Wu (USA)
71-69-71-74, Collin Morikawa (USA) 71-73-72-69, Aaron Wise (USA)
286 - Nick Taylor (CAN) 74-70-70-72, Erik van Rooyen (RSA)
71-73-72-70, Rory Sabbatini (SVK) 72-71-73-70, Tom Hoge (USA)
71-73-71-71, Rickie Fowler (USA) 66-77-71-72, Andrew Putnam (USA)
287 - Abraham Ancer (MEX) 74-68-69-76, Kevin Kisner (USA) 73-70-75-69, Daniel Berger (USA) 73-70-74-70
288 - Li Haotong (CHN) 71-70-72-75, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-70-75-74,
Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 70-70-75-73, Scott Piercy (USA) 67-72-72-77, Phil
Mickelson (USA) 72-69-75-72, Charles Howell III (USA) 72-70-74-72
289 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 68-74-74-73, Adrià Arnaus (ESP)
69-75-73-72, Zach Johnson (USA) 70-69-79-71, Harris English (USA)
71-69-76-73, Andy Pope (USA) 72-71-75-71, Charlie Danielson (USA)
72-70-77-70, Chandler Eaton (USA) 72-70-73-74
290 - Rafael Cabrera (ESP) 70-74-74-72, Justin Walters (RSA)
72-72-77-69, Kyle Stanley (USA) 71-73-75-71, Brian Stuard (USA)
71-73-74-72, Jordan Spieth (USA) 72-69-73-76, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)
291 - Rhys Enoch (WAL) 78-66-71-76
292 - Cameron Smith (AUS) 71-72-77-72, Clément Sordet (FRA)
76-68-74-74, Billy Hurley III (USA) 73-70-73-76, Luke Donald (ENG)
294 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 71-73-78-72
295 - Brandt Snedeker (USA) 75-69-74-77
297 - Chip McDaniel (USA) 71-73-76-77
304 - Michael Thorbjornsen (USA) 71-73-84-76