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Tiger Woods had a ‘crappy’ start but with a birdie from 13 feet on the tiny seventh, the fog enveloping Woods evaporated. He put up another red number on the eighth from 5 feet, dropped a 40-foot bomb for birdie on the 13th. He scored again from 5 feet on the 14th and from 8 feet on the 16th.
In fact, Woods was 4-over through six holes, giving up any chance of a miracle 82nd PGA TOUR victory. But he fought back impressively through the tougher sections of Pebble Beach, making six birdies to shoot a 2-under 69 – his best score of the week. At 2-under for the championship, Woods snagged a T21 finish at the venue where we won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 shots. He’s projected to move to 17th in the FedExCup.
Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka's bold bid at history with two clutch shots and made U.S. Open memories of his own, starting with the silver trophy in his hands at Pebble Beach.
Woodland finished in style on Sunday. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt for a 2-under 69, giving him the lowest 72-hole score in six U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach and a three-shot victory over Koepka, who was going for a third straight U.S. Open.
Koepka had to settle for a footnote in history as the first player with all four rounds in the 60s at the U.S Open without winning. But he made Woodland earn every bit of his first major championship.
And he did.
Clinging to a one-shot lead with more pressure than he has ever felt, Woodland seized control by going for the green on the par-5 14th hole with a 3-wood from 263 yards, narrowly clearing a cavernous bunker and setting up a simple up-and-down for a two-shot lead.
Justin Rose was the only one who caught Woodland, with a birdie on the opening hole. Rose bogeyed from the bunker on No. 2, and fell out of the race with three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine. He shot 74 and shared third with Xander Schauffele (67), Jon Rahm (68) and Chez Reavie (71).
India’s Anirban Lahiri crashed out
Anirban Lahiri ended a forgettable week as he added a six-over to his first round 74 to crash out of the 119th US Open golf championships early.
The 31-year-old Indian, playing his first Major in 2019, never really got going in either round. He was four-over after three on the first day, and on the second day he was three-over after the first two holes and never had a chance to make up for the first day 74. It was his third missed cut in as many appearances at the Major. He has made cuts in each of the other Majors, but never at the US Open.