Gary Woodland remained cool, calm and collected as he held off two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka for his maiden major title.

Woodland carded a two-under-par 69 for a three-stroke victory to deny Koepka a hat-trick of U.S. Open trophies following a thrilling finale at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

World number one Koepka was looking to become the first man since Willie Anderson in the early 1900s to win the tournament three years in a row.

And Koepka was a man on a mission in the final round, with the US PGA Championship holder birdieing four of his opening five holes in California.

Koepka closed within one shot of fellow American Woodland, who teed off with a one-stroke advantage over Justin Rose at the start of the day.

However, Koepka came up short after bogeying the 12th and shooting six successive pars to close out the tournament with a three-under-par 68 – his fourth consecutive round in the 60s.

Woodland also bogeyed the 12th but the four-time PGA Tour champion recovered by birdieing the 14th and he sealed a memorable day with a stunning birdie at the last, his fourth of the round to close the event 13 under overall.

World number four and 2013 champion Rose had to settle for a share of third position, alongside Xander Schauffele (67), Jon Rahm (68) and Chez Reavie (71).

After Saturday's 68, Englishman Rose struggled to a three-over-par 74 to finish six shots off the pace.

Meanwhile, Schauffele – the 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year – secured his third top-three performance in his past five major appearances, with former world number one Adam Scott (68) a shot further back.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy posted a final-round 72 to be tied for ninth with Henrik Stenson (70) and Chesson Hadley (71), while Viktor Hovland was four under after surpassing Jack Nicklaus for the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur at the U.S. Open.

Masters champion and 15-time major winner Tiger Woods closed out his campaign with a 69 to be two under alongside the likes of Jason Day (69) and Paul Casey (67).

Gary Woodland reflected on a "special" U.S. Open success after winning his first major title at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

Woodland held off American countryman and two-time reigning champion Brooks Koepka, shooting a two-under 69 to secure a three-stroke victory and his first major crown.

The 35-year-old, who held a one-shot lead overnight, was delighted to get the job done in California, completing his win with a 30-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

"It was special. I never let myself get ahead and I never really thought the tournament was over," Woodland said at the trophy presentation.

"Once that went in, it all kind of came out of me. It was special to finish it off here at Pebble Beach."

Woodland held his nerve during the final round, including pitching to within two feet when he looked in danger of making bogey at the par-three 17th.

A four-time winner on the PGA Tour, Woodland said he would have taken a bogey at the penultimate hole.

"I actually had that shot earlier this week, that's the second time I got it up and down," he said.

"I was just trying to get it over that hump there. I was going to try and take four if I had to, just try eliminate the big number and it came off perfectly.

"I thought it had a pretty good chance to go in."

Tiger Woods is looking forward to some time away from the course after a battling campaign at the U.S. Open, with the Open Championship next on the former world number one's agenda.

Woods dealt with an aching body and inconsistency as the 15-time major champion finished two under at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

The Masters winner recovered from a poor start to his fourth round, eventually carding a two-under-par 69 – his lowest round of the tournament in California.

Asked when he will be seen again, Woods told reporters: "Depends, if you've got a camera phone, so, no, I think I'm going to take a little bit of time off and enjoy some family time."

The Open gets underway at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on July 18 and Woods added: "It's just trying to wind down from the championship as well as my lifts and getting back into it.

"And I know that Florida will not be the same temperature as Northern Ireland. I'm not going to be practising with any sweaters at home, but it will be nice to get to Portrush and get with it again."

When quizzed about whether he will play again prior to Portrush – with four PGA Tour tournaments scheduled to take place in between – Woods laughed and replied: "I'll play at home."

On Sunday, Woods bogeyed four of his first six holes to open the final round but, he responded with birdies on seven and eight before adding four more on the back nine.

"It was just a matter of can I somehow get it back to even par for the day and the total," Woods told reporters. "And that was our goal. Happened to get a couple more out of it which is great. But it was – got off to a bad start, and let's see if we can get it to even par. And it was a nice finish to get two-under-par."

After going 70-72-71 through three rounds, Woods continued: "Wish I would have known [what turned it around] because I would have turned it around a little earlier than that.

"Again, got off to another [bad] start and was able to fight it off. Turned back around and got it to under par for the week which is – normally it's a good thing, but this week the guys are definitely taking to it."

Viktor Hovland made history, surpassing Jack Nicklaus for the lowest 72-hole score by an amateur at the U.S. Open.

Winner of a record 18 major championships, American great Nicklaus set the record via a 282 in 1960.

However, unheralded Norwegian Hovland broke the record with a score of 280 at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, who posted 69-73-71 in the opening three rounds, signed off with a four-under-par 67 to be tied for 13th.

Brooks Koepka made a flying start to the final round in his bid for a third successive U.S. Open title.

The world number one birdied four of his opening seven holes at Pebble Beach on Sunday, managing pars at the other three.

Koepka had spoken about needing to take advantage of the first seven holes and he did just that to move into 11 under, two shots behind leader Gary Woodland.

Two-time defending champion Koepka birdied the first before a par save at the second, and three consecutive birdies followed from there.

Woodland also made a fine start to his round, birdieing two of his first five holes as he eyes a maiden major win.

Justin Rose moved into a share of the lead with Gary Woodland in the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, with Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen having closed the gap to the pacesetter at Pebble Beach.

Woodland went into the fourth round leading Rose by a stroke having carded a 69 on Saturday to move to 11 under, but that advantage did not even last one hole as Rose made an immediate gain.

He and Woodland will be looking over their shoulders at defending champion Koepka, who successfully retained his US PGA Championship title in the previous major, and indicated he is set to make a charge.

Koepka is seeking to become only the second man to win three successive U.S. Opens and moved to eight under with a birdie at the first, replicating Oosthuizen, who was also three back after the opening hole.

Justin Rose is happy with his position at the U.S. Open, saying he can play with "freedom" in the final round at Pebble Beach.

The 2013 champion carded a three-under 68 on Saturday, a birdie at the last hole putting him within a stroke of leader Gary Woodland.

Rose said being second meant he could go into Sunday with "nothing to lose".

"I'm in a great position… had a great day with Gary. He's awesome to play with. For both of us, we are good friends, we have the same stable of management," he said.

"From that point of view, it's going to be a fun day. One back gives me the freedom to feel like I've got everything to gain, nothing to lose. It's always a position that, it doesn't mean I have to approach the day any differently, if I was one ahead. I'm close enough that I have to build my plan, build my round of golf, be disciplined.

"I'm not chasing, really, I'm so close to Gary that I have to go out and play my game. And I think it's going to be dictated by the pin placements and the weather as to how aggressive you can be and what it will take to win."

Rose mixed five birdies with two bogeys in the third round despite hitting just nine greens in regulation.

The Englishman, who needed only 23 putts during his round, said he had taken a step forward in terms of his ball-striking.

"Maybe a one-click improvement. I don't know about my stats. My stats probably aren't great, hitting fairways, hitting greens," Rose said.

"But I hit more quality golf shots. I did the right thing with the golf ball on a couple of occasions. You think, 'Okay, that's closer'.

"So hopefully we can hit a couple more tomorrow. But I think [it's] going [in] the right direction."

Gary Woodland is embracing the pressure and challenge from the chasing pack after taking another step towards his first major title at the U.S. Open.

Woodland ended the third round with a one-stroke lead following his two-under-par 69 in California on Saturday.

Winner of three PGA Tour trophies but still searching for his major breakthrough, Woodland was two shots clear atop the leaderboard when he teed off on the penultimate day.

The American's lead was cut to one by 2013 champion Justin Rose (68), however, Woodland is relishing the race to the finish line at Pebble Beach.

"I don't need to change anything," Woodland told reporters. "It's more of enjoying the moment. I mean, this is what we play for. This is what I've worked so hard for.

"And I think playing with Tiger [Woods] last year on Sunday [at the US PGA Championship], I don't know if I enjoyed it to start the round, I think there was a lot of moving pieces going on, and I think I kind of got caught up in it a little bit.

"Once I settled in, after I made a birdie putt on eight, I settled in and then I was back to being myself. And that's what I've learned from that situation, is I can't control everybody else. I can control my attitude, and I can control my game. And that's what I'm out here to do."

Woodland said: "I worked for this my whole life. I've trained since I started walking. I've played sports, I've competed. I've learned how to win, even if I haven't done it as much as I'd like.

"I know what it takes to win. And my game is in a great spot. I'm at a beautiful golf course. I came here to win, and that's what we're going out to do tomorrow."

Brooks Koepka is also lurking as the world number one eyes a third consecutive U.S. Open title.

Koepka posted a third-round 68 to move to seven under, four shots behind Woodland ahead of Sunday.

"Brooks has obviously played phenomenal," Woodland added. "I don't know if anybody has done what he's been doing since Tiger did it.

"I know if I play my game and play like the way I've been playing, the guys from behind me are going to have to do something really, really special. So I'm going to go out, stay within myself, stick to my game plan and try to extend that lead more than anything."

Brooks Koepka believes his recent record at majors will hold him in good stead heading into the final round of the U.S. Open.

The two-time defending champion carded a three-under 68 in the third round on Saturday to be four shots behind leader Gary Woodland.

Koepka has been the man to beat at majors in recent years, winning four of the past eight he has played.

The world number one believes those experiences could be an advantage ahead of Sunday at Pebble Beach.

"Just having been in the position I'm in. Feels like almost every major right now – second at Augusta," Koepka said.

"I felt like I've put myself in good chances where I'm very comfortable around that. I don't need to go out and chase. I don't need to do much, just kind of let it come to you.

"And from there, if I win, great. If not, I felt I've given it all I had this week and it's just not my week."

Koepka was two under through seven holes in his third round and believes taking advantage of the front nine will be key.

But he is full of confidence and said his form was just where he wanted it to be.

"I feel good. I feel like if I can just make a few putts, I feel like I could be right there, right next to Gary. And it's been very close," Koepka said.

"I'm pleased how I'm playing. I'm pleased how I'm striking the ball.

"And I feel as confident as ever right now. It's probably the best ball-striking week I've had.

"Pebble's greens are so small. I think I only missed one green today, maybe two, I don't know, if I was in the fringe or something. But to hit as many greens as I have the last two days, the ball-striking is right where I want it."

Gary Woodland maintained his advantage atop the U.S. Open but Justin Rose is only one stroke adrift heading into the final round.

Woodland carded a two-under-par 69 to be 11 under through 54 holes, one stroke ahead of world number four Rose on Saturday.

A three-time PGA Tour winner but seeking his first major title, Woodland hit the front on Friday after joining Rose (Thursday) and Tiger Woods (2000) as the only players to shoot 65 in a U.S. Open round at Pebble Beach.

Woodland teed off with a two-shot lead on the penultimate day and the American stretched his advantage to three at one point in California.

A birdie on the 11th created some distance between Woodland and Rose – the former finishing with three birdies and a bogey to stay top.

Rose was not at his best either on Saturday as the Englishman traded birdies for bogeys on several occasions, but he did enough to keep pace with Woodland.

The 2013 U.S. Open champion's birdie at 14 was a nice bounce back from a bogey, with Rose nailing a putt to get back to nine under.

Rose finished the day by making birdie at 18 to shoot a three-under 68 and move to 10 under for the tournament.

Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka posted his third successive day in red numbers as the world number one continues to lurk.

Koepka posted a third-round 68 to move to seven under alongside Chez Reavie (68) and Louis Oosthuizen (70), four shots behind Rose in his bid for a three-peat.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy shot a one-under 70 to move to six under, four strokes clear of former world number one Dustin Johnson (71).

Masters champion and three-time U.S. Open winner Tiger Woods (71) birdied his final hole of the day to finish even par after 54 holes.

Tiger Woods felt aches and pains as the cold weather in California flared up his injury-ravaged body but the 15-time major champion refused to use it as an excuse following his third-round display at the U.S. Open.

Woods produced another battling display at Pebble Beach, where the former world number one carded a 71 to be even par after 54 holes on Saturday.

The 43-year-old American birdied the last to be well off the pace heading into the find round of a tournament he has won three times previously.

Woods was seen with tape on his back, under his shirt, throughout the penultimate day, sparking fears of an injury following numerous back surgeries which derailed his career.

However, the Masters champion allayed any fears during his post-round news conference, telling reporters: "When it's cold like this everything is achy. It's just part of the deal.

"It's been like that for years. The forces have to go somewhere. And if they're not in the lower back, they're in the neck, and if not, they're in the mid-back and if not they go to the knee. You name it."

Asked if his neck impacted any shots, Woods replied: "Yeah, it does. As I say my back impacts every shot I play, it's just part of the deal."

Woods refused to use it as an excuse, adding: "I've had my chances to post good rounds today, this week. Today was a perfect example, I fought back and if I was able to clean up my rounds the first two days, I would be closer to the lead than I am now."

It was another difficult day for Woods, who had five bogeys to go with five birdies as he posted his third consecutive round in the 70s.

Woods' putter got him in trouble on the front nine after missing a putt for par at the seventh and then another for birdie at the eighth, which put him one over at the turn.

But he did make some nice putts, like the one at the fifth hole, which was part of his lone set of back-to-back birdies for the day.

"I got off to an awful start, and clawed it around, but still gave myself a chance for tomorrow, which is positive," Woods said. "And we'll see what the weather forecast is for tomorrow.

"There are a lot of guys ahead of me right now. Seems like everyone is doing what I was supposed to do earlier which is play two- to four-under par through the first seven. We'll see what they do coming in. I was playing with An Byeong-hun today and he played a hell of a round today. Missed the ball in the correct spots and that's what you have to do in this space."

U.S. Open leader Gary Woodland stayed under par as he continued to set the pace in the third round on Saturday.

Woodland earned a two-stroke lead on Friday after he went bogey-free to join Justin Rose (Thursday) and Tiger Woods (2000) as the only players to shoot 65 in a U.S. Open round at Pebble Beach.

The three-time PGA Tour winner returned to the California course for the penultimate round and maintained his advantage atop the leaderboard.

Woodland – seeking his maiden major crown – made birdies on the fourth and sixth holes before dropping a shot on the par-four eighth.

However, Woodland birdied the 11th to move three strokes clear of 2013 champion Rose, who was navigating the back nine.

Two-time reigning champion and world number one Brooks Koepka was also lurking through 14 holes – the American star a shot further adrift.

Koepka was flawless on the front nine with back-to-back birdies and he added another on the 10th to remain within striking distance.

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson were further down the leaderboard at the business end of the day.

Tiger Woods carded an even-par 71 as he ended the penultimate round off the pace at the U.S. Open.

A third consecutive round in the 70s left 15-time major champion Woods even par after 54 holes at Pebble Beach in California on Saturday.

Woods was repeatedly in the fairway throughout the day but he never figured out his iron play and it got the former world number one in tons of trouble.

The three-time U.S. Open champion made five bogeys and five birdies to finish his round and Woods closed the round 10 shots adrift.

Woods' putter got him in trouble on the front nine, with the Masters champion missing a putt for par at the seventh and then another for birdie at the eighth, which put him one over at the turn.

Things just never quite looked right as Woods was visibly frustrated throughout points in his third round.

But he did make some nice putts, like the one at the fifth hole, which was part of his lone back-to-back birdies fir the day.

Woods also finished his day up with a birdie at 18 to get to even par for the tournament. He had a putt for eagle but it was from long range and just slid past the hole.

 

Tiger Woods was struggling to get going on moving day at the U.S. Open as he made the turn at one over for the day and tournament.

Woods, who claimed his 15th major at this year's Masters, posted two birdies and three bogeys in his first nine holes at Pebble Beach on Saturday.

The 43-year-old dropped shots on two of his first three holes but bounced back with successive birdies, sinking an impressive 24-foot putt to post his second gain on the par-three fifth.

However, Woods made a bogey at the seventh and then missed a makeable putt at the eighth to move back over par.

Danny Willett moved to within five shots of leader Gary Woodland by birdieing four of his first seven holes, but he slipped back to two under for the day and tournament with a dropped shot either side of the turn.

There was a dangerous scene near the 16th hole at Pebble Beach during the second round of the U.S. Open after four spectators were injured by a runaway golf cart.

A report from the California Highway Patrol said a vendor parked a golf cart to deliver boxes near a concession stand and when they got out, a box fell onto the accelerator and the cart started to move.

The report said those injured ranged in age from 25 to 82 and that two people were taken to hospital.

Tournament organisers the USGA released a statement acknowledging the incident.

"Unfortunately, during today's second round of the U.S. Open there was an incident involving a golf cart on the 16th hole that resulted in three spectators and a vendor being injured and requiring medical treatment," the USGA said in a tweet. 

"We will continue to monitor their conditions."

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