PGA: Looking Back on a Fabulous 2019 US Open
The 119th US Open had everything. It was exciting right from the opening tee times on Thursday morning. Once again Pebble Beach was the crown jewel. The winner I believe no one thought would pull it off but I’ll talk about that later. The best part is the players didn’t complain at all about the course. If you had a chance to watch it on TV, the course looked in great shape. It still did challenge the players giving them fits.
Rounds 1 and 2
The big names were on the top of the leaderboard for both rounds 1 and 2. Players like Spieth, Mickelson, and Bjerregaard had some moments in round 1 they would like to forget. Bjerregaard shot a 13 on the par 5 18th hole. Spieth got into it with his caddie over two consecutive shots on hole 8. Spieth hit his first shot into the water and the next shot over the green and blamed both shots on his caddie. The leader after day 1 was Justin Rose at 6 under par. He had 4 players beneath him at 5 under those were Fowler, Schauffle, Oosthuizen, and Wise. Tiger Woods was 1 under 5 shots back.
This is were Gary Woodland made his mark. He would end the day at 9 under par breaking Woods 36-hole US Open record. Other players like Woods would have some good and bad rounds. Woods would finish even-par but finished with two straight bogeys. Phil Mickelson bounced back he had 6 birdies and finished round 2 3 under par. The defending champion Brooks Koepka finished his second round at 4 under par. Rickie Fowler faded in round 2 he shot a 78 6 over par and went from 5 under to 1 over for the tournament. Jordan Spieth had another awkward moment for the first time in his career he had 5 birdies and 5 bogeys in the same round. The most unsportsmanlike moment came from Patrick Reed as he broke his wedge over his leg.
Rounds 3 and 4
Tiger began round 3 with yet another bogey. At the end of the day, he sat 11-shots back and his chance of winning was all but done. Mickelson would come out and have a good front 9 only to fall apart on the back. Woodland at the end of round 3 had just a 1 shot lead over his playing partner Justin Rose. Koepka remained in the hunt still 4-shots back. The question was with Woodland could he keep it together heading into the final round.
Woodland had never been in this position before. He had previously won just 3 times on tour. Woodland had Rose, Oosthuizen, and Koepka nipping at his heels. He came out paired with Rose. All thought that Woodland would scuffle, but it was Rose that did. Woodland hit solid shot after solid shot. The final two holes were great for him. He finished in dramatic fashion with a birdie on the 18th. He held off all and won his first major.
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