Final round of US Open features marine layer and low scores

Final round of US Open features marine layer and low scores

After Koepka made a flying start with four birdies in his first five holes, Woodland responded with birdies on the second and third and twice enjoyed a three-shot lead before carding just his third bogey of the week on the ninth.

In the last two U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach, only one player - Tiger Woods in 2000 - finished under par.

The rest was pure theater - a 90-foot pitch off the 17th green he almost holed, a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 2-under 69 and a three-shot victory that denied Koepka's bold bid to match a century-old record with a third straight U.S. Open.

Woodland always imagined being at Allen Fieldhouse, not Pebble Beach. Tommy Fleetwood charged home with a 63, but Koepka's two-under 68 was enough for a one-shot win.

After a bogey on No. 12, Woodland held just a one-shot lead over Koepka. Apparently, all six of those holes were over par during the week, which says it all, really.

He was in trouble at the par-three 17th, where his tee shot found the front right of the putting surface - on the wrong side of a ridge in the hourglass green. He delivered with a ideal shot to save par and keep his championship effort alive.

A maiden major now within his grasp, a relaxed Woodland capped off his round in spectacular style, rolling in a 30-foot birdie at the last to trigger a standing ovation and chants of "Gary, Gary". The 35-year-old, who was a college golfer at Kansas, capped the round with a long birdie putt on the last hole. This win changes Woodland's life, and the recent form suggests that he's capable of continuing this success in the near future. For a U.S. Open, especially, this was a golfing clinic. Instead of imagining making the winning putt at a major, Woodland imagined hitting the game-winning shot for the NBA title, later attending university on a basketball scholarship. He feels good about his game - four rounds in the 60s is nothing to sneeze at, after all - and performed at a high level.

While the Florida man failed to win his third successive US Open title, he proved his brilliance all weekend, staying in the hunt for large spells before producing an iron-like performance on the final day.

It remains one of the most dominating stretches of golf in a while.

For example, Koepka drifted far too much when he bogeyed the par three 12th hole and I was able to exploit that little period of play.

This year, there were numerous scores in the red starting on Thursday, which had the second-most sub-par rounds in a first round in U.S. Open history, including 477 birdies and 17 eagles.

Believe it or not, newly-minted U.S. Open victor Gary Woodland was a basketball player before taking up golf.

The couple lost one of the twins they were expecting two years ago and their surviving son Jaxson, who celebrates his second birthday next week, was born prematurely weighing just three pounds. Still a great week for Rose but disappointing to see it fade late on Sunday.

-Rory McIlroy, on his plans for Friday night. 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.

Previously, his best finish was a tie for sixth at the 2018 PGA Championship.

However as the fourth round progressed on Sunday, it was Rose who faltered as he shot a final round score of +3 and moved from -10 to -7.

The difference was Woods won by 15 shots and was the only player under par.

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