Woodland Outlasts Koepka to win U.S Open at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Gary Woodland celebrates after winning the U.S Open at Pebble Beach




Pebble Beach, California - Gary Woodland overcame a momentum surge

of golf history at iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links to capture his first major

championship. While Brooks Koepka was on the verge of capturing the

first U.S Open three peat since 1905, Woodland was facing his own

personal history, a dubious 0 for 7 record of finishing off 54 hole leads.



“From a mental standpoint I was as good as I’ve ever been,” said

Woodland, who has four PGA Tour titles. “I never let myself get

ahead of myself. I never thought about what would happen if I won,

what comes with it. I wanted to execute every shot. I wanted to

stay in the moment. I wanted to stay within myself.”


Woodland fired rounds of 68-65-69-69 to finish at 13 under par.


Although Woodland made birdies on both inward par 5's, it was

the par 3 seventeenth that perhaps proved most pivotal. After a

less than mediocre tee shot to the back left pin (Woodland flared

it out to the back right portion on the diagonal hour glass shaped

green), leaving himself 90 feet away. He chose to chip off of the

green and nearly holed it. Once he tapped in for par, the finish was

no longer in doubt. Woodland finished off Koepka's run at history

with a birdie at the last to win by three strokes.

 

The $2.25 million winners share claimed by Woodland was part of

the 12.5 million total purse payout at the 2019 U.S Open - the largest

purse in major championship history.


Schauffelle, Reavie, Rose and  Rahm finished tied for third at  7 under par.



Scores: https://www.usopen.com/scoring.html