Gary Woodland entered the last round of the US Open with -11, and held the top of the table to the end of the round. The score of -2 in the fourth round helped golfers from Kansas (USA) to be crowned, in the competition of the 2017 champion and 2018 Brooks Koepka.
Koepka is Woodland’s main rival in the final round. Four birdies in the first five holes help Koepka overcome Rose and close the gap with Woodland to two sticks.
The gap is sometimes reduced to one stick, when Koepka birdies at hole 11 par4. But bogey in the next hole made the champion last year unable to close Woodland, who was bogey on hole 12 but quickly returned to a -12 with birdie on Hole 14.
Rose stomped on -10 with two birdies and two bogeys after the first half of the round, before eliminating himself from the championship race with three bogeys in the last nine holes. The world number four Golfer ended the fourth round with 74 strokes (par71), dropping to T3 with the same -7 points as Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm or Chez Reavie.
The double-digit race between Koepka and Woodland takes place with the initiative of golfers holding the top of the table. While Koepka is unable to create a clear opportunity to earn birdies, Woodland is even more confident after rescuing a successful par on holes 15, 16 and 17. The chip is just enough from the rough grass in hole 17 to help the 35-year-old golfer. Enter the last hole with a two-point difference from Koepka.
Koepka ended the round with five birdies and two bogeys, scoring a total of -10. Woodland, with a score of -12 before hole 18, only needed bogey to first win at major after 31 appearances.
After three sticks in hole 18 par5, the 35-year-old golfer brought the ball about 12 meters away from the flag. Par points are within reach, but Woodland has chosen to be a more impressive champion. He successfully kicked the ball from a distance of 12 meters and birdie on hole 18, thereby crowned with a -13 total score, three strokes from the rest of the tournament.
Short-game, which is Woodland’s weakness for many years, has become a “weapon” to help him crowned at major. Woodland was the 119th champion in US Open history, and the eighth golfer champion in 11 years. 35-year-old Golfer received $ 2.25 million in prize money for the win.