Gary Woodland holds off Brooks Koepka to win first major


US Open final leaderboard

-13 G Woodland (US); -10 B Koepka (US); -7 J Rose (Eng), X Schauffele (US), J Rahm (Spa), C Reavie (US); -6 A Scott (Aus), L Oosthuizen (SA); -5 R McIlroy (NI), H Stenson (Swe), C Hadley (US)


Selected others: -4 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), M Wallace (Eng), D Willett (Eng); -3 G McDowell (NI); -2 T Woods (US), P Casey (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); -1 S Lowry (Ire)

American Gary Woodland held off the challenge of world number one Brooks Koepka to claim his first major victory at the 119th US Open at Pebble Beach.
The world number 25 shot a two-under 69 to win by three on 13 under from two-time defending champion Koepka.
“It was special. I never thought the tournament was over,” said Woodland.
England’s Justin Rose took a share of the lead with a birdie on the first hole on Sunday, but fell away with a 74 to finish on seven under par.
The 38-year-old world number four, aiming to win the second major of his career after his 2013 US Open success, carded five bogeys as he finished tied for third with Spain’s Jon Rahm and Americans Xander Schauffele and Chez Reavie.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy endured a turbulent final day that included double bogeys at the second and 16th, but finished with a birdie to climb inside the top 10 at five under.

Englishmen Matt Wallace, Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick all ended a further stroke back.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods began the day 11 shots off the pace and quickly slipped further down the leaderboard with four bogeys in his first six holes.

The 43-year-old, who won the Masters in April, sparked an impressive recovery as he carded six birdies to shoot a 69 and finish two under par at the scene of his record 15-shot victory in 2000.

“I was able to get it under par for the week,” said the 15-time major champion. “Normally that’s a good thing at a US Open, but these guys are really taking it to the golf course.

Resilient Woodland lands first major

It was every week that began thus promisingly for Rose, United Nations agency shot Associate in Nursing opening-round sixty five to carry a one-shot first-round lead – the joint-lowest score at rock Beach within the US Open, a record set by Woods once he won the primary of his 3 US Open titles nineteen years past.

Woodland climbed into a 2-stroke lead over the Englishman by the top of spherical two and stretched that to four strokes at one purpose throughout Saturday’s third spherical, however Rose reeled the deficit back in to 1 stroke by the shut of play.

And when he birdied the primary on Sunday to require a share of the lead on eleven below, it vulnerable to be Associate in Nursing entrancing final-day duel.

However, Koepka, United Nations agency started the day on seven below, signalled his intention with four birdies in his gap 5 holes, also as a miraculous par-save at the second when a disobedient tee shot, to maneuver to eleven nauseating.

Rose was unable to create any momentum, bogeying the second as timber responded with serial birdies. Koepka then born his 1st shot of the day at the eighth, minutes before Rose bogeyed identical hole, and Woodland’s cushion was back to 3.

Woodland had solely carded 2 bogeys in his gap 3 rounds heading into the ultimate day, however he found the rough with a loose tee shot at the ninth and was forced to put up before falling back to twelve below.

Gary timber and Justin Rose Rose, United Nations agency is nice friends with timber, carded his worst spherical of the week on Sunday

The nerves looked as if it would be attending to the ultimate pairing as each bogeyed the twelfth and Rose fell 3 shots far from the lead with another born shot at the thirteenth, going away Koepka one behind his fellow yank.

But Koepka was starting to wobble himself, scrambling to save lots of par through his next 3 holes, and timber condemned the chance to create a two-shot cushion with a four-foot birdie at the par-five fourteenth.

The 29-year-old, United Nations agency won his fourth major eventually month’s US PGA Championship and finished competitor to Woods at the Masters, was unable to search out the birdies he desired from there on in, carding a final-day sixty eight to become the primary player to record four rounds within the 60s and not win the US Open.

“It was a number of the simplest ball placing I’ve had,” aforesaid the yank, United Nations agency was attempting to become simply the second player to win 3 serial US Open titles, when Scotland’s Willie Anderson (1903-05).

“Unfortunately I wasn’t creating the putts however point of entry did and congratulations to him. That was a cool thanks to see him end it off, and leave fashionable like that.

“I thought we tend to had a game pretty early. I closed the gap and you ne’er grasp what is going on to happen down the stretch. I simply tried to stay the pedal down and create some putts however I did not hole enough.

“I’m more than happy with however I contend. I contend my heart out. It simply wasn’t adequate on.”

It was left for timber, whose previous best end at a significant was tied sixth eventually year’s US PGA Championship, to complete his maiden triumph fashionable with a 30-foot birdie at the last.

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