Woodland digs deep to win US Open

Updated: 13/06/2024


American Gary Woodland produced a superb final round display at the US Open at Pebble Beach to win his first major (Woodland 66/1 to win The Open Championship).

The world number 25 did enough to hold off both Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose and he eventually claimed a three-shot victory in California.

Woodland started Sunday’s final round with a one-shot lead and he never lost that advantage on a tense final day.

He holed a 35-foot putt on the last to finish the weekend on 13-under, finishing three clear of Koepka (15/2 to win The Open Championship).

Rose (14/1 to win The Open Championship) had to settle for a share of third alongside Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm and Chez Reavie while Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy finished well off the pace.

Woodland proved his class with a stunning shot on the 14th and he paid tribute to his caddy for giving him confidence all weekend.

The 35-year-old told Sky Sports: “It would have been pretty easy to lay up there at 14. My caddie gave me more confidence on that shot, so I’ll give him all the credit. He’s the one that told me play aggressive.

“I’ve been telling him all week, I’ve been good, let’s play aggressive lines, the game feels good. I was even thinking about laying it up a little bit, and he said ‘let’s go, let’s go, let’s hit three-wood’.”

He added: “I knew I was playing good going in, but I’ve been playing good going into a lot of tournaments before and haven’t had the results I’d like. I was proud of myself to stay in it, to slow down a little bit, to slow my thinking down and really focus on what I was doing and not let my mind wander at all.”

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