Gary Woodland has stood up to former champion Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka's charges and has pulled off a tremendous final round 69 to win the 119th US Open. The win is Woodland's first major championship and comes after he's held both the 36-hole and 54-hole tournament.
Those who were looking for the drama on Sunday afternoon did not understand, as Woodland not only avoided the bogeys in his last six holes, but made two birdies, including a 30-foot putt that was the cornerstone perfect match of his tournament and made him pass at 13- under par, a better shot than Tiger Woods' score of less than 12 in 2000. The four Woodland bogeys in the US Open draw this year have been as few as possible to the event over the past 50 years.
Before Sunday's win at Pebble Beach, Woodland – three-time PGA Tour winner – was in fact 0-to-7, attempting to convert 54-hole wins into wins. By 2018, he also had the advantage at the PGA Championship in Bellerive before winning Koepka's victory. He played his last round with Tiger Woods that year and delighted the audience with a 64 Sunday. These experiences allowed Woodland to become more familiar with championship golf in pressure situations. This undoubtedly helped to deliver when needed Sunday at Pebble Beach.
Two shots in the stretch define Woodland's calm under pressure. The first took place at the 14th minute of the normal 5 while Woodland was aiming at the 265 yard pin on his second shot to put in a birdie that would extend the lead.
The following arrived after a failure of the start in the 17th 17th. Woodland had to pass the ball from the corner of the green to a tight spot on the other side of the green hourglass complex. He delivered with a perfect shot to save the normal and keep his championship effort alive.
Woodland is 35, but he has known some of the best golf courses of his career here in the past two seasons. Pebble Beach was friendly with those who controlled their accuracy and Woodland took up the challenge with 73% success on fairways and 72% green in regulation over 72 hole championship golf conditions. This victory changes the life of Woodland, and the recent form suggests that he is able to continue this success in the near future.
This is how the ranking looked at the conclusion of the American overture.
1. Gary Woodland (-13 years old): This is Woodland's third top 10 in his last four major starts, which means it will be hard to avoid the recency bias as one of the top golfers. His world ranking at the approach of the week was 25 and he will obviously improve, but the fact that he survived a heavyweight ranking at Pebble Beach should be consistent with the 39, current state of play Woodland.
2. Brooks Koepka (-10): Three birdies in his first four holes allowed Koepka to pursue Woodland and claim a third consecutive US Open title. Koepka however missed on his occasions throughout the round. Multiple birdies were fired during his last nine holes. He feels good about his game – four rounds in the 60s is not an end in itself after all – and occurs at a high level. This is not what we would expect, but he has faced about 460 players in the last three American Open and was only beaten by one. And this one had a performance of all time. You can not ask much more from one of the greatest golfers of this era.
T3. Xander Schauffele (-7): A pair of bogeys arriving at the age of 13 and 15 prevented Schauffele from representing a real threat for Woodland, but he had one of the best rounds of the day for part of the afternoon. Schauffele was 5 years younger from day 10 and was found with a 67 that could easily have been 66 or 65 if some putts had fallen into the last straight. This is a third consecutive top at the American Open and a fourth top 10 in his last six starts.
T3. Jon Rahm (-7): Four rounds under par in an American Open should be the assertion that Rahm has shaken the reputation of a player who will let his nerves and frustrations win the championship gulf. Rahm was average with flawless accuracy, but he nevertheless found a way to scramble the tracks and get the scores needed for his fourth top-10 finish.
T3. At Reavie (-7): It was another opportunity for Reavie to be one of the last groups on Sunday at the American Open, but his regular round of 71 with a birdie, a bogey and 16 pars prevented him from maintaining his best result in major.
T3. Justin Rose (-7): The exquisite putting and the short game fueled Rose's run through 54 holes at Pebble Beach, then Sunday, everything started to look a little harder. Rose needed points to fight Woodland and Koepka ninth behind, but scored three bogeys and six pars. Another great week for Rose but disappointing to see her disappear late Sunday.
T7. Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen (-6): Two former big winners were hiding if the leaders had dropped at some point in the final phase. Oosthuizen had a harder day on Sunday, scoring a 1-2 finish while Scott had his lowest run of the week with a 68 to sneak into the top 10.
T9. Rory McIlroy, Chesson Hadley (-5): Hadley had only made one cut in a major championship (2015 PGA Championship) before this week. This T9 is both a stimulating part of the career profile and an encouraging sign from Raleigh, North, 31 years old. Caroline, native. McIlroy had a disappointing final round in which he could not capitalize on one of his best starts in the US Open, but his 18-year-old avatar put him in the top 10 for the eleventh time in 2019.
T21. Tiger Woods (-2): Woods needed a volley of birdies late in his round to shoot a 69 under 2 and finish the championship below par. Despite the terrible start with four bogeys on his first six holes, Woods still achieved his best round of the championship and the lowest Sunday at the US Open since 2009. It will take a little while and I am Expect that we would not see again until Royal Portrush for the Open Championship in July.
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