2019 U.S. Open leaderboard, winner: Gary Woodland dominates Pebble Beach for first major victory
Woodland won for the first time in eight tries after holding a 54-hole lead
Gary Woodland held off charges from former champions Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka and fired a tremendous final-round 69 to win the 119th U.S. Open. The victory is Woodland's first major championship and comes after he held both the 36-hole and 54-hole leads in the tournament.
Those looking for drama on Sunday afternoon didn't get it as Woodland not only avoided bogeys on his final six holes but carded two birdies, including a 30-foot putt on 18 that was the perfect capstone to his tournament and moved him to 13-under par, one stroke better than Tiger Woods' score of 12-under from 2000. Woodland's four bogeys over the course of this year's U.S. Open tie for the fewest at the event in the last 50 years.
Prior to Sunday's win at Pebble Beach, Woodland -- a three-time winner on the PGA Tour -- was actually 0 for 7 attempting to convert 54-hole leads into wins. He also held the 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship in 2018 at Bellerive en route to Koepka's win and played his final round that year with Tiger Woods as he thrilled the crowd with a 64 on Sunday. Those experiences allowed Woodland to grow more familiar with championship-level golf in pressure situations, and it no doubt helped him deliver when it was needed on Sunday at Pebble Beach.
Two shots down the stretch defined Woodland's calm under pressure. The first came at the par-5 14th as Woodland took aim at the pin from 265 yards out on his second shot to set up a birdie that would extend the lead.
The next came after a miss from the tee at the par-3 17th. Woodland had to chip the ball from just off the green to a tight spot on the other side of the hourglass green complex. He delivered with a perfect shot to save par and keep his championship effort alive.
Woodland is 35 years old but has been surging with some of his career's best golf here in the last two seasons. Pebble Beach was friendly to those who had their accuracy in check and Woodland answered the challenge with 73 percent of fairways hit and 72 percent greens in regulation across 72 holes of championship golf conditions. This win changes Woodland's life, and the recent form suggests that he's capable of continuing this success in the near future.
Here's how the leaderboard looked at the conclusion of the U.S. Open.
1. Gary Woodland (-13): This is Woodland's third top-10 in his last four major starts, meaning it's going to be tough to avoid recency bias when considering him among golf's top players. His world ranking heading into the week was 25 and will obviously improve, but the fact that he outlasted a leaderboard of heavyweights at Pebble Beach should ring true to where Woodland's game is at right now.
2. Brooks Koepka (-10): Three birdies in his first four holes set Koepka up to chase down Woodland and claim a third-straight U.S. Open title. But opportunities were presented and missed by Koepka throughout the round with multiple birdie looks coming up short during his final nine holes. He feels good about his game -- four rounds in the 60s is nothing to sneeze at, after all -- and performed at a high level. It's not the three-peat some expected, but he's faced approximately 460 players in the last three U.S. Opens and only been beaten by one. And that one had an all-time performance. You can't ask for much more from one of golf's greats of this era.
T3. Xander Schauffele (-7): A pair of bogeys coming in on 13 and 15 kept Schauffele from posing a real threat to Woodland, but he had one of the best rounds of the day going for a stretch of the afternoon. Schauffele was 5 under on the day thru 10 and ended up with a 67 that easily could have been a 66 or 65 if a few putts had fallen down the stretch. It's a third-straight top-10 finish at the U.S. Open and fourth top-10 in his last six major starts.
T3. Jon Rahm (-7): Four rounds under par at a U.S. Open should be affirmation that Rahm has shaken the reputation of a player that's going to let nerves and frustrations get the best of him in championship golf. Rahm was average with hiis accuracy off the tee and yet still found ways to scramble and get the scores needed for his fourth top-10 major finish.
T3. Chez Reavie (-7): This was a new spot for Reavie to be in as one of the final groups on Sunday at the U.S. Open, but his steady round of 71 with a birdie, bogey and 16 pars kept him in position to have his best finish at a major.
T3. Justin Rose (-7): Exquisite putting and short game play powered Rose's run through 54 holes of Pebble Beach, and then on Sunday, everything started to look a little more difficult. Rose needed scores to hang in contention with Woodland and Koepka on the back nine but turned in three bogeys and six pars. Still a great week for Rose but disappointing to see it fade late on Sunday.
T7. Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen (-6): A pair of former major winners were lurking should the leaders have fallen at any point in the final round. Oosthuizen had a tougher Sunday, shooting a 1-over 72 while Scott had his lowest round 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, so this T9 finish is certainly both a boost to the career profile and a sign of good things to come from the 31-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina, native. McIlroy had an overall disappointing final round where he wasn't able to capitalize on one of his best U.S. Open starts, but his birdie at 18 put him in the top-10 for the 11th time in 2019.
T21. Tiger Woods (-2): Woods needed a flurry of birdies late in his round to shoot a 2-under 69 and finish the championship under par. Despite the horrendous start with four bogeys on his first six holes, Woods still shot his best round of the championship and lowest on a Sunday at the U.S. Open since 2009. Now he'll take some time off and I expect we won't see him again until Royal Portrush for The Open Championship in July.
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