Woodland prevents Kopeka from claiming the title three years in a row

Woodland finished in style as 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.

Ending his round in style with a birdie at the last, Woodland was able to keep Koepka from becoming the first man in more than a century to sweep three straight U.S. Opens.

โ€œJust glad it was over,โ€ smiled Woodland. โ€œI didnโ€™t let myself get ahead at all today.

โ€œDidnโ€™t ever let myself think the tournament was over.

โ€œSo I just stayed in it.โ€

World number one Koepka went down fighting, finishing with a three-under 68 to leave him three short of Woodlandโ€™s winning total of 13-under 271.

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.

Woodland finished at 13-under 271 which is one shot better than Tiger Woodsโ€™ historic rout in 2000.

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

 

Rose, who saw the red-hot putter that had come to his rescue so often during the week suddenly turn cold, had his bid for a second U.S. Open title seriously wounded with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 and then killed off completely with another at 15 that dropped him five off the pace with three to play.

Down to the closing two holes and a relentless Koepka had one last opportunity to put pressure on Woodland with a birdie at the 18th that would have left his opponent clinging to a one-shot lead coming home.

But Koepka watched his nine-foot putt slip by the cup, settling for a par to give Woodland some breathing room.

โ€œI hit a good putt, it just dove right across the front,โ€ said Koepka. โ€œSometimes thereโ€™s just nothing you can do.

โ€œI thought it would be nice to put some pressure on him, one shot going into the last hole.

โ€œNothing I could do. I gave it my all. I give it my all every time and sometimes itโ€™s not meant to be.โ€

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 โ€œGary, Garyโ€.

Tiger Woods, a three-time U.S. Open winner, had ended the third round 11 shots back of the leader but still gave himself a chance of winning a 16th major on Sunday.

Those slim hopes disappeared quickly when he bogeyed four of his opening five holes.

Woods hit back with six birdies, including one at the 18th, for a two-under round, his lowest final round at a U.S. Open in a decade but still 11 back of winner.

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