Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
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The Punter's De-Brief: Woodland wins in style

The Punter's De-Brief: Woodland wins in style

Trailing by two, Brooks hit his approach to the par five 18th to the rough at the back of the green and was an odds-on chance to make at least a birdie, whilst Woodland looked hard-pressed to make par after his tee-shot on 17 left him a lot of work to do but Koepka took three to get down from the back of the green and under the utmost pressure, Woodland produced this gem to seal the deal. He starred in a viral video with Amy Bockerstette, a 20-year-old with Down Syndrome, during the Phoenix Open. "And I had to try to fight back and claw out a round today, which I was able to do". His third shot on the Par-5 18th landed 30 feet from the hole.

After a bogey on No. 12, Woodland held just a one-shot lead over Koepka.

He's also the first player who didn't win a U.S. Open after shooting in the 60s in all four rounds - Lee Trevino (1968), Lee Janzen (1993), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Woodland all hoisted the trophy after doing the same.

Now he's looking at skipping four weeks of tournament golf leading up to The Open at Royal Portrush, a plan that didn't work so well heading into the PGA Championship but one that is likely part of a new reality for the 15-time major champion.

"I played the South of Ireland several times as an amateur and I won it in 2000". But that still doesn't mean we should have expected him to win on Sunday. This win changes Woodland's life, and the recent form suggests that he's capable of continuing this success in the near future. That experience helped him at Pebble Beach, especially as Koepka put pressue on him. "It's special to finish it off here at Pebble Beach". Still, he stayed within range, just like he wanted, knowing that anything could happen on the back nine of a U.S. Open.


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Woods appeared to be stiff and out of sorts as he played the easiest stretch on the course Sunday, bogeying the first and second holes, missing the green to make another bogey at the par-3 fifth, then playing the par-5 sixth horrifically, coming up short of the green in 3, then chipping poorly and settling for bogey.

"The putter wasn't quite as warm today as it was yesterday", Rose said. "I'm not going to be practicing with any sweaters at home, but it will be nice to get to Portrush and get with it again". But this second-place finish adds to a runner-up at the Masters and his title at the PGA last month.

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. 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.

Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie and Justin Rose finished in a four-way tie for third and 7 under. He grinded it out and birdied six of his final 12 holes, to shoot a two-under 69, his lowest score of the week, and finish at two under for the tournament in a tie for 21st.

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