US Open R4

Wonderful Woodland secures US Open title at Pebble Beach

June 13-16
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
$12,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Wonderful Woodland secures US Open title at Pebble Beach
Gary Woodland with the trophy after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

American Gary Woodland struggled to put into words the feeling of winning his first major title on Father’s Day after holding off the challenge of defending champion Brooks Koepka to win the 119th US Open.

Woodland carded a final round of 69 at Pebble Beach to finish 13 under par and three shots clear of Koepka, who had threatened to become just the second player to win three straight US Opens and claim an amazing fifth major victory in his last nine starts.

England’s Justin Rose was tied for the lead after a birdie on the opening hole but faded on the back nine to share third with Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie, while the expected challenge from Rory McIlroy never materialised after a double bogey on the second.


Woodland had failed to convert any of his seven 54-hole leads on the PGA Tour into a win, but the 35-year-old from Kansas withstood the stubborn challenge of Rose and early charge from Koepka to land the title and first prize of 2.25million US dollars.

Moments after holing the winning putt, Woodland embraced his mother and father behind the 18th green, while his wife Gabby was at home as she is expecting twin girls in August.

The couple lost one of the twins they were expecting two years ago and their surviving son Jaxson, who celebrates his second birthday next week, was born prematurely weighing just three pounds.

“It’s hard not being with them and I’m excited to get home and see them and have a little birthday party,” Woodland said.

“But it’s nice to have my dad here. I would not be here without him. I probably did not realise how special it all was until I became a father.”

Wonderful Woodland secures US Open title at Pebble Beach
Gary Woodland celebrates after winning the US Open Championship golf tournament with his father (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

After Koepka made a flying start with four birdies in his first five holes, Woodland responded with birdies on the second and third and twice enjoyed a three-shot lead before carding just his third bogey of the week on the ninth.

Koepka closed to within a shot of the lead for the first time with a birdie on the 11th, only to promptly bogey the next after finding sand off the tee.

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Woodland was starting to feel the pressure and dropped his second shot in four holes on the 12th, but then struck what proved to be the vital blow with a stunning approach from 263 yards on the 14th which landed just over the greenside bunker and ran a few inches off the green.

From there, the world number 25 chipped to three feet and tapped in for his first birdie since the third hole and he effectively sealed victory with a sublime pitch from the corner of the 17th green which span to a halt just two feet from the hole.

Woodland, who has worked hard on his short game with renowned Yorkshire coach Pete Cowen, then put the icing on the cake by holing from 30 feet for birdie on the 18th.

“The drive on 14 was huge and then I hit a great second shot,” Woodland added.


“The idea was to play to win. I could have easily laid up but my caddie gave me a lot of confidence when he told me to hit 3-wood and that birdie kind of separated me a little bit.

“On 17 I had that shot earlier this week and it’s the second time I got it up and down. I would have taken four if I had to but it came off perfectly.”

Koepka, who has now finished first, second, first and second in his last four majors, was magnanimous in defeat, saying: “Gary played a helluva round today, props to him for the way he hung in there. It was pretty cool.

“When I was on 18 I realised I was that close to accomplishing something that has not been done in more than 100 years and that’s special, but I don’t think anybody in the world played as good as Gary did.”


Rose had relied heavily on his scrambling skills all week but was finally found out on the back nine as he dropped three shots in the space of four holes.

“I made three good saves at nine, 10 and 11 and I was right in the tournament but then just kept missing in the wrong spot,” Rose said.

“And the putter wasn’t quite as warm today as it was yesterday. It took a bit of a day off. But I felt like I had to have a day where I pieced everything together to win. It was close.

“But coming in, once momentum leaves you a little bit, it just becomes hard to grind it out.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Gary Woodland
USA
-13
68
65
69
69
271
2
Brooks Koepka
USA
-10
69
69
68
68
274
T3
Xander Schauffele
USA
-7
66
73
71
67
277
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-7
69
70
70
68
277
T3
Chez Reavie
USA
-7
68
70
68
71
277
T3
Justin Rose
ENG
-7
65
70
68
74
277
T7
Adam Scott
AUS
-6
70
69
71
68
278
T7
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
66
70
70
72
278
T9
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-5
68
71
70
70
279
T9
Chesson Hadley
USA
-5
68
70
70
71
279
T9
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-5
68
69
70
72
279
T12
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-4
69
73
71
67
280
T12
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-4
69
71
72
68
280
T12
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
70
68
71
71
280
T12
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
71
71
67
71
280
T16
Webb Simpson
USA
-3
74
68
73
66
281
T16
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
68
72
71
70
281
T16
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-3
70
72
68
71
281
T16
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
69
70
70
72
281
T16
Matt Kuchar
USA
-3
69
69
70
73
281
T21
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
70
72
73
67
282
T21
Alex Prugh
USA
-2
75
69
70
68
282
T21
Tiger Woods
USA
-2
70
72
71
69
282
T21
Jason Day
AUS
-2
70
73
70
69
282
T21
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
70
74
69
69
282
T21
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
69
73
70
70
282
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-2
73
71
68
70
282
T28
Sepp Straka
AUT
-1
68
72
76
67
283
T28
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
75
69
70
69
283
T28
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
73
67
72
71
283
T28
Nate Lashley
USA
-1
67
74
70
72
283
T32
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
74
70
74
66
284
T32
Patrick Reed
USA
Par
71
73
72
68
284
T32
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
73
70
71
70
284
T35
Aaron Wise
USA
1
66
71
79
69
285
T35
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
69
74
73
69
285
T35
Collin Morikawa
USA
1
71
73
72
69
285
T35
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
69
75
71
70
285
T35
Jason Dufner
USA
1
70
71
73
71
285
T35
Marc Leishman
AUS
1
69
74
70
72
285
T35
Brandon Wu
USA
1
71
69
71
74
285
T35
Dustin Johnson
USA
1
71
69
71
74
285
T43
Andrew Putnam
USA
2
73
71
73
69
286
T43
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
2
72
71
73
70
286
T43
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
71
73
72
70
286
T43
Tom Hoge
USA
2
71
73
71
71
286
T43
Rickie Fowler
USA
2
66
77
71
72
286
T43
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
74
70
70
72
286
T49
Kevin Kisner
USA
3
73
70
75
69
287
T49
Daniel Berger
USA
3
73
70
74
70
287
T49
Abraham Ancer
USA
3
74
68
69
76
287
T52
Charles Howell III
USA
4
72
70
74
72
288
T52
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
72
69
75
72
288
T52
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
4
70
70
75
73
288
T52
Sergio Garcia
ESP
4
69
70
75
74
288
T52
Haotong Li
CHN
4
71
70
72
75
288
T52
Scott Piercy
USA
4
67
72
72
77
288
T58
Charlie Danielson
USA
5
72
70
77
70
289
T58
Zach Johnson
USA
5
70
69
79
71
289
T58
Andy Pope
USA
5
72
71
75
71
289
T58
Adria Arnaus
ESP
5
69
75
73
72
289
T58
Harris English
USA
5
71
69
76
73
289
T58
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
5
68
74
74
73
289
T58
Chandler Eaton
USA
5
72
70
73
74
289
T65
Justin Walters
RSA
6
72
72
77
69
290
T65
Kyle Stanley
USA
6
71
73
75
71
290
T65
Brian Stuard
USA
6
71
73
74
72
290
T65
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
6
70
74
74
72
290
T65
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
6
71
73
73
73
290
T65
Jordan Spieth
USA
6
72
69
73
76
290
71
Rhys Enoch
WAL
7
78
66
71
76
291
T72
Cameron Smith
AUS
8
71
72
77
72
292
T72
Luke Donald
ENG
8
72
70
77
73
292
T72
Clement Sordet
FRA
8
76
68
74
74
292
T72
Billy Hurley III
USA
8
73
70
73
76
292
76
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
10
71
73
78
72
294
77
Brandt Snedeker
USA
11
75
69
74
77
295
78
Chip McDaniel
USA
13
71
73
76
77
297
79
Michael Thorbjornsen
USA
20
71
73
84
76
304
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
Branden Grace
RSA
4
75
71
146
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