Gary Woodland shot a final round 69 to win the U.S. Open by three strokes, his first major championship victory. Woodland converted a final round lead or co-lead for the first time in his career: entering Sunday, he had been 0-for-7 on the PGA Tour. Gary’s birdie on the 72nd hole moved him to 13-under for the week, one stroke better than Tiger Woods score of 12-under at Pebble Beach in 2000.
Woodland’s short game was immaculate, leading the field in scrambling at 80 percent. Entering the week, he was ranked 169th this season in scrambling percentage on the PGA Tour. Woodland made just four bogeys all week, tying the lowest by any player in a U.S. Open over the last fifty years.
Woodland marked the ninth major won by American players in the last ten contested. It’s the first time American players have had a run winning nine out of ten majors since a stretch from 1996 through 1998.
Brooks Koepka finished runner-up in his bid to become the first player to win three U.S. Opens in a row since Willie Anderson in 1903, 1904 and 1905. Koepka is the first player to finish either first or second in each of a season’s first three majors since Tiger Woods in 2005.
Koepka will look back on some missed opportunities throughout the week, especially on the back nine. Koepka did not birdie a single par five on the back nine all week.
Brooks Koepka shot in the 60s all four rounds but finished second. Koepka is the first player in U.S. Open history to shoot in the 60s all four rounds and not win. Dating to last year, he now has five straight rounds in the 60s in the U.S. Open, most of any player in championship history.
Viktor Hovland shot a 72-hole total of 280, setting the record for the best score in U.S. Open history by an amateur. The previous mark was held by Jack Nicklaus, who shot 282 in the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills.
After earning low amateur honors at this year’s Masters, Hovland did the same this week at Pebble Beach. Hovland is just the third player since 1990 to be low amateur at the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season, joining Phil Mickelson in 1991 and Matt Kuchar in 1998.
Tiger Woods played his last six holes in four-under on Sunday to shoot a closing 69. It was his lowest final round score at the U.S. Open in ten years. Woods will play The Open at Royal Portrush next month, seeking his first victory in that championship since 2006.
On his 49th birthday, Phil Mickelson shot a closing 72. Lefty has not shot in the 60s on his birthday since 2005. This was his last shot at completing the career grand slam before turning fifty – next year, his birthday falls two days before the opening round.