With a round of less than 2 years and 69 and a closing birdie on the 72nd hole, Gary Woodland won the 119th Open US Championship by three shots against Brooks Koepka. Here's how Woodland triumphed Sunday at Pebble Beach:
Ranking: Woodland (-13), Koepka (-10), Xander Schauffele (-7), Jon Rahm (-7), Chez Reavie (-7), Justin Rose (-7)
What this means: This is Woodland's fourth victory on the PGA Tour and its first major. At the start of the day, at age 11, he carded birdies at numbers 2 and 3, dismissing an opening 3 of Rose, who briefly tilted his head, and a quick charge from Koepka, who surrounded four of his first five. After the bogeys of No. 9 and 12 (only his third and fourth shots of the week), Woodland was back to his starting point: 11 under par, the leader by one. In the fairway at 14, he claimed the trophy by starting for the green in half and wearing the front bunker, establishing a birdie-4 that pushed him to minus 12, two on Koepka. After shooting at # 15 and # 16, Woodland started his shot at 17 (normal 3) and chose to hit his ball from the putting area on the crest that divides the hourglass's green. He nearly got there, setting up a pair of kick-in. Two players with one player to play after Koepka failed Birdie No. 18, Woodland became a finisher of 5 at the end of the match for a closing birdie and a three-shot victory. With this win, Woodland earns $ 2.25 million and maintains PGA Tour status throughout the 2023-24 season. It is exempt from the Masters, PGA and Open for the next five years and the American Open for the next 10 years.
The best of the rest: Without Woodland, Koepka would be a big winner five times. Four back on 54 holes and trying to catch Willie Anderson as the second man to win three consecutive wins at the US Open, Koepka managed four birdies on four of his first five holes to end up as one of the leaders. He made a bogey the eighth to go around in 32. Just when he was about to make a push back following a birdie in the 11th rank, he made his shot immediately with a bogey in the 12th. From there, he makes his way to the clubhouse, making a hit with a last birdie offer at age 18. With 68 under 68, Koepka becomes the first player in the Open Open to record five consecutive heats in the 1960s. Sunday marks his second final in major, after his tie for second place at the Masters in April. In her last six important starts, Koepka finished first, 39th, first, second, first and second.
Biggest disappointment: At just one back on 54 rounds, Rose finished tied for sixth seed for the third time, at 7 under, with a Sunday 74. The 2013 US Open champion seemed on the verge of taking over his second major when he tied the head with a birdie in the front row. But he followed with a bogey at No. 2 and also erased a bird in the sixth row and a bogey in the eighth. He fainted forever with the bogeys at # 12, # 13, and # 15. This marks his 10th career rank among the top 5 in a major career.
Low amateur: Before becoming a professional, Viktor Hovland has marked history. The 2018 American amateur champion at Pebble Beach was tied for 11th on his return, at 4 under the week, after a loss of 67. His total of 280 holes out of 280 is the lowest score ever recorded by any amateur. History of the US Open, ahead of Jack Nicklaus. 282 at Cherry Hills in 1960. He will make his professional debut this week at the Travelers Championship.
Pictures of the day: The woods 3 to 14 of Woodland:
His chip of the green at 17h:
And his fucking decisive birdie at the end: