Tiger Woods isn't in contention at Pebble Beach, but the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open should be a thriller for golf fans.
Koepka came into the day trailing by four but made an all-world par save - first from the gallery, then from the thick grass in a barranca fronting the second green - and followed that with three straight birdies that pushed him to 11 under, only one shot behind Woodland. Ten minutes later, Woodland became the fifth, thanks to a par save courtesy of a chip off the 17th green that almost went in, then a 30-foot birdie on 18 for the final dagger. Prior to that, he played basketball at Washburn University, then transferred to the University of Kansas on a golf scholarship, according to his 2005-06 player profile at KU. And he extended his lead over Rose to three with another birdie at the second.
"I felt like, 'We've got a ball game now,"' Koepka said.
"I'm just trying to stay within myself".
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. I never thought about what would happen if I won, what comes with it.
The Woodlands are expecting twins again as Gabby is due in August.
Woodland's 3-wood from 263 yards on the par-5 14th set him up for a birdie that gave him a two-shot cushion.
The USGA were well aware that this was a very important renewal when it came to player relations (something I wrote about last week) and there's no doubt that they erred on the side of caution. That's what you've got to do if you want to win a U.S. Open, win a major championship and hats off to him. "He deserves it, he's worked hard and I'm happy for him".
Until Sunday, when he cradled the silver trophy at Pebble Beach, Woodland got more attention from one hole in a pro-am at the Phoenix Open.
Up with the pace was again the place to be and Woodland, who led at halfway, became the sixth US Open victor in-a-row and the 10th in 12 years to sit first or second with a round to go.
Others who finished near the top of the leaderboard included Justin Rose in a four-way tie for third, as well as Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen in a tie for seventh place. He closed with six straight pars, barely missing a birdie putt on the final hole that would have closed the gap to one stroke at the time.
"I knew I was playing good going in, but I've been playing good going into a lot of tournaments before and haven't had the results I'd like", he said in a news conference Sunday evening. Woodland invited her to hit a shot on the par-3 16th (into a bunker).
Rory McIlroy needed a Sunday like he had at the RBC Canadian Open, but that dream ended on the second hole with a double bogey, after getting snarled in the fescue left of the fairway. "Just because I got off to a bad start doesn't mean it's over".
McDowell regrouped with four birdies in his closing seven holes - including at the last - although he did bogey 16 and 17. I was more nervous afterwards than I was at all today.