Scores after Round 4:
Gary Woodland held off all challengers, including former champions, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose,to win the 119th US Open, his first major victory.
Rory McIlroy watches his third shot on the second hole during the final round (Copyright USGA/JD Cuban)
The 35 year-old never lost his lead and punctuated his victory dropping a massive 30-foot birdie on the 72nd hole for an impressive three-stroke win at thirteen under 271 which included no three putts.
“What I’m doing is working,” said Koepka. “I’m pleased with how I am striking the ball.We’ll see what happens with the pressure tomorrow, but I like my position.”
“I needed to go low today,” said Mickelson. “I had opportunities, but finished poorly, but I look forward to playing tomorrow because this is a special place and I have much gratitude for the fan support.”
With superb putting which included sinking a birdie of nearly 50 feet on his last hole Gary Woodland took a.two-stroke lead into the weekend. However, some big names are lurking.
“At this point there’s not a lot to worry about,” said Rose. “If you’re one ahead, one behind, it’s a lot of golf to be played. But I ‘m in a perfect spot.”
“The weekend will be a challenge. Mistakes will happen” said McIlroy. “I’ve. got to bounce back from inevitable bogeys, but if I can get two more rounds in the 60s, I’ll take my chances.”
“I have never played this course before. and wih the USGA layout, you absolutely must make putts between 10 and 15 feet,” said Lahiri.”My short game, which is one of my strengths was off.”“I have now played the U.S. Open three times and have yet to make the cut, but believe me, it is high on my ‘to do’ list.”
US OPEN ROUND 1
Friendly weather conditions at Pebble Beach yielded some great scoring opportunities in the first round of the U.S. Open.
“Fog and a misty morning kept the greens soft for much of the day” said two-time defending champion. Brooks Koepka who finished with a -2,69.
Rickie Fowler, looking for his first major, was the morning leader finishing with a 66, Thanks to six birdies.
Anirban Lahiri finished with a + 3, 74.
However as the sun set over the Pacific, Justin Rose wielded a hot putter scoring birdies on the last three holes to take the first round lead with a 65..
“It was a fun day going from a good round to a great round.”