Gary Woodland heads into the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on top of the leaderboard, in search of his first career major championship. He’ll have his work cut out for him.
Woodland is 11 under for the tournament and has a one-shot lead, but a handful of major champions are within striking distance. Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, has sole possession of second place at 10 under. Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending U.S. Open champ, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie are tied for third at 7 under. Rory McIlroy sits at 6 under.
A couple of golf’s biggest names played themselves out of contention in the third round Saturday. Tiger Woods overcame what he called a “crap start” to finish the round at even par, but he’s also even par for the tournament and 11 shots off the lead. Phil Mickelson shot his worst score of the week with a 75 and dropped to a tie for 48th place.
Gary Woodland flexed his golf muscles on moving day at Pebble Beach Golf Links and enters the final round of the U.S. Open with the lead for the first time in his career Sunday
He is 1 shot up on Justin Rose. They will make up the final pairing again on Sunday and go out at 5:45 p.m. ET.
Three golfers are tied for third at 7-under: two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie.
Here are the U.S. Open Final Round tee times and pairings.
Don’t forget to follow our Final Round Tiger Tracker Sunday when it goes live. Woods tees off with Marc Leishman at 2:56 p.m. ET.
The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links this week, marking the major championship’s sixth appearance on the scenic course in California. Each time the national championship has been played at Pebble Beach, a worthy champion has emerged, producing indelible shots and images forever associated with this beautiful layout cut along the rugged Carmel coast.
Woodland narrowly missed a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish the third round at Pebble Beach with a score of 2-under 69 to get to 11 under for the tournament. Justin Rose made his birdie putt at 18 to get to 3 under for the day and 10 under for the tournament.
Woodland took the lead in the tournament by shooting a 65 in the second round to tie the record for the lowest score for a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and didn’t wilt a bit in the third round as he seeks his first major championship.
Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka is in third place four shots back at 7 under along with Chez Reavie and Louis Oosthuizen. The 2011 champion Rory McIlroy is alone in sixth place at 6 under after shooting a 70.
Brooks Koepka looks like he will have to come from behind if he wants to win his third straight U.S. Open.
Koepka shot a 3-under 68 in the third round at Pebble Beach to move 7 under for the tournament. He trails leader Gary Woodland by four shots in his quest to become the first golfer since Willie Anderson in 1903-05 to win three straight Opens.
Koepka made par on the 18th after his tee shot was left behind a tree on the right side of the fairway. He got his second shot close to the green and two putted for his 5.
The two leaders made big putts on the par-5 14th. Woodland saved par with a 40-footer that kept him 11 under, while Justin Rose made a birdie putt from the fringe to move to 9 under.
A flurry of big shots has injected some life into Pebble Beach at the U.S. Open Live, even if nothing has changed atop the leaderboard.
Gary Woodland had a three-shot lead and was in trouble on the par-3 12th when his tee shot came up short into clumpy grass, and he shanked his chip across the green. Justin Rose was just inside 10 feet for birdie, and it looked like a certain two-shot swing, maybe more.
Woodland holed his chip for par. Rose made his putt for birdie, and the lead was two.
Three holes ahead of them, two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka blasted a chip out of high grass over the 15th green, and then he knocked his par putt 35 feet across the green and into the cup for an unlikely par. Koepka was four behind.
If that wasn’t enough, Graeme McDowell made eagle on the 18th hole. He was still well off the pace, but moved into a tie for eighth.