US Open R3

Justin Rose trails Gary Woodland by one ahead of US Open final round

June 13-16
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
$12,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

US Open R3 - Justin Rose trails Gary Woodland by one ahead of US Open final round
Justin Rose is one shot off the lead heading into the final round of the US Open (AP Photo/Matt York)

Justin Rose trails Gary Woodland by a single shot heading into the final round of the US Open after watching the American defy the odds to remain in pole position at Pebble Beach.

Woodland chipped in for an unlikely par on the 12th and holed from 40 feet for another on the 14th, but Rose maintained his focus to birdie both holes as he seeks a second US Open title following his 2013 triumph at Merion.

Rose also birdied the 18th from a greenside bunker for the third day running to complete a 68 and finish 10 under par, with Woodland 11 under after carding three birdies and a solitary bogey in his 69.


“What I was pleased about was the tougher the shot, the better I seemed to play, and I’ll gain a bit of confidence from that tomorrow,” Rose said.

“I’ll do everything I can overnight and just keep what’s working well and try to hit one or two more fairways and greens. You can’t force it, you’ve got to let it happen and hopefully rely on some experience.”

World number one Brooks Koepka, who is aiming to become just the second player to win three consecutive US Open titles, is four shots off the lead alongside former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and American Chez Reavie, with Rory McIlroy another stroke back.

Koepka, who carded a flawless 68 and has not dropped a shot since his eighth hole on Friday, is seeking a fifth major title in his last nine starts and said: “I just enjoy the pressure of having to hit a good golf shot or make a putt when you need to.


“Going into tomorrow, just stay patient. If you are within three shots on the back nine, anything can happen, so hang in there and keep fighting.”

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McIlroy had wanted to plot a “boring” course to a second US Open title and got largely what he wished for, carding three birdies and two bogeys in a round of 70.

“Even though I’m still a few off the lead, it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to go out there and I guess try to add to my major tally,” said the Northern Irishman, whose last major victory was the 2014 US PGA Championship.

“I’m expecting the conditions to be similar, but I could see the course just getting a little firmer and a little faster and just being a touch trickier.”

“I’ve been very pleased with how I’ve played all week. I felt, for the most part, today I did the right things and I need to do 18 more holes of that, but just get a little bit more out of the round tomorrow than I did today.

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (David J Phillip/AP)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (David J Phillip/AP)

The European quintet of Danny Willett, 2010 champion Graeme McDowell, Jon Rahm, Matt Wallace and Henrik Stenson are seven shots off the lead on four under.

Willett had set the early clubhouse target on four under, the former Masters champion carding six birdies and two bogeys in a round of 67, the lowest round of the day and his first sub-par round in 16 attempts at the US Open.

“The last few years the US Open has been a bombers’ paradise so this course evens out the field in that way,” Willett said.


“It does not favour any one type of player, so at the end of the week you are going to get the best player winning, as it should be.”

McDowell, who eagled the 18th from 35 feet in his round of 70, said: “It was really cool to make three there.

“I think Tiger (Woods) did something similar in 2010, from memory, hitting that three-wood from behind the tree. Mine wasn’t as fancy as that. It was a nice little cutty three-wood from 245 slightly to the right and came off nicely.

“Obviously I’m somewhat in the mix tomorrow, but I’ll need something pretty special.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Gary Woodland
USA
-11
68
65
69
202
2
Justin Rose
ENG
-10
65
70
68
203
T3
Brooks Koepka
USA
-7
69
69
68
206
T3
Chez Reavie
USA
-7
68
70
68
206
T3
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-7
66
70
70
206
6
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-6
68
69
70
207
T7
Chesson Hadley
USA
-5
68
70
70
208
T7
Matt Kuchar
USA
-5
69
69
70
208
T9
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
71
71
67
209
T9
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-4
69
70
70
209
T9
Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
69
70
70
209
T9
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-4
68
71
70
209
T9
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
70
68
71
209
T14
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-3
70
72
68
210
T14
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
66
73
71
210
T14
Adam Scott
AUS
-3
70
69
71
210
T17
Abraham Ancer
USA
-2
74
68
69
211
T17
Nate Lashley
USA
-2
67
74
70
211
T17
Brandon Wu
USA
-2
71
69
71
211
T17
Dustin Johnson
USA
-2
71
69
71
211
T17
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
68
72
71
211
T17
Scott Piercy
USA
-2
67
72
72
211
T23
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-1
73
71
68
212
T23
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
69
73
70
212
T23
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
69
71
72
212
T23
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
73
67
72
212
T27
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
70
74
69
213
T27
Jason Day
AUS
Par
70
73
70
213
T27
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
69
74
70
213
T27
Tiger Woods
USA
Par
70
72
71
213
T27
Viktor Hovland
NOR
Par
69
73
71
213
T27
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71
70
72
213
T33
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
75
69
70
214
T33
Nick Taylor
CAN
1
74
70
70
214
T33
Alex Prugh
USA
1
75
69
70
214
T33
Rickie Fowler
USA
1
66
77
71
214
T33
Billy Horschel
USA
1
73
70
71
214
T33
Jason Dufner
USA
1
70
71
73
214
T33
Jordan Spieth
USA
1
72
69
73
214
T33
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
69
70
75
214
T41
Rhys Enoch
WAL
2
78
66
71
215
T41
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
69
75
71
215
T41
Tom Hoge
USA
2
71
73
71
215
T41
Chandler Eaton
USA
2
72
70
73
215
T41
Webb Simpson
USA
2
74
68
73
215
T41
Paul Casey
ENG
2
70
72
73
215
T41
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
2
70
70
75
215
T48
Patrick Reed
USA
3
71
73
72
216
T48
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
71
73
72
216
T48
Collin Morikawa
USA
3
71
73
72
216
T48
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
3
69
74
73
216
T48
Billy Hurley III
USA
3
73
70
73
216
T48
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
3
72
71
73
216
T48
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
3
68
74
74
216
T48
Charles Howell III
USA
3
72
70
74
216
T48
Phil Mickelson
USA
3
72
69
75
216
T48
Harris English
USA
3
71
69
76
216
T48
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
68
72
76
216
T48
Aaron Wise
USA
3
66
71
79
216
T60
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
4
71
73
73
217
T60
Adria Arnaus
ESP
4
69
75
73
217
T60
Andrew Putnam
USA
4
73
71
73
217
T60
Daniel Berger
USA
4
73
70
74
217
T64
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
76
68
74
218
T64
Brandt Snedeker
USA
5
75
69
74
218
T64
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
5
70
74
74
218
T64
Brian Stuard
USA
5
71
73
74
218
T64
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
74
70
74
218
T64
Andy Pope
USA
5
72
71
75
218
T64
Kevin Kisner
USA
5
73
70
75
218
T64
Zach Johnson
USA
5
70
69
79
218
T72
Kyle Stanley
USA
6
71
73
75
219
T72
Luke Donald
ENG
6
72
70
77
219
T72
Charlie Danielson
USA
6
72
70
77
219
T75
Chip McDaniel
USA
7
71
73
76
220
T75
Cameron Smith
AUS
7
71
72
77
220
77
Justin Walters
RSA
8
72
72
77
221
78
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
9
71
73
78
222
79
Michael Thorbjornsen
USA
15
71
73
84
228
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Joseph Bramlett
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
Nick Hardy
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
3
75
70
145
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Spencer Tibbits
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Brendon Todd
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
David Toms
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Hayden Shieh
USA
4
77
69
146
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jovan Rebula
RSA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Julian Etulain
ARG
4
76
70
146
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Luke List
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Scottie Scheffler
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
5
75
72
147
CUT
Austin Eckroat
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Chun-An Yu
TPE
5
74
73
147
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
5
73
74
147
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
5
80
67
147
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
5
74
73
147
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Callum Tarren
ENG
6
73
75
148
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Weir
CAN
6
74
74
148
CUT
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
6
73
75
148
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
6
71
77
148
CUT
Daniel Hillier
NZL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Guillermo Pereira
CHI
7
77
72
149
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
7
72
77
149
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Kevin Na
USA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
7
71
78
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Stewart Hagestad
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Connor Arendell
USA
8
77
73
150
CUT
Kevin O’Connell
USA
8
76
74
150
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
8
76
74
150
CUT
Luke Guthrie
USA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Richard Lee
NZL
8
72
78
150
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
8
75
75
150
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
8
76
74
150
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
9
74
77
151
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
9
75
76
151
CUT
Cameron Young
USA
9
75
76
151
CUT
Matt Parziale
USA
9
74
77
151
CUT
Chan Kim
USA
10
77
75
152
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
10
73
79
152
CUT
Ryan Sullivan
USA
10
73
79
152
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
10
76
76
152
CUT
Brett Drewitt
AUS
11
77
76
153
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
11
80
73
153
CUT
Matthew Naumec
USA
11
74
79
153
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
12
80
74
154
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
13
80
75
155
CUT
Noah Norton
USA
13
80
75
155
CUT
Roberto Castro
USA
13
78
77
155
CUT
Zac Blair
USA
13
83
72
155
CUT
Andreas Halvorsen
NOR
14
74
82
156
CUT
Eric Dietrich
USA
16
83
75
158
CUT
Merrick Bremner
RSA
16
79
79
158
CUT
Devon Bling
USA
20
82
80
162