Brooks Koepka will begin his quest for a third straight U.S. Open alongside Open winner Francesco Molinari and U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland of Norway.

Koepka is seeking to become only the second player to win three consecutive U.S. Opens and arrives at Pebble Beach in fine form having claimed his second successive US PGA Championship crown last month.

The world number one headlines a star-studded field set to take on one of golf's iconic venues as he tries to match Willie Anderson, who was crowned victorious each year between 1903 and 1905.

Masters champion Tiger Woods, aiming for his 16th major title, has been be grouped on Thursday and Friday with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.

Phil Mickelson, who turns 49 on the Sunday of the tournament and is seeking to win the U.S. Open and complete a career Grand Slam, is set to tee it up with world number two Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell. Rory McIlroy will be alongside Jon Rahm and Marc Leishman.

Lee6 Jeong-eun secured her first major title with a two-stroke victory at the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday.

The South Korean completed a consistent showing at the Country Club of Charleston, firing a one-under 70 in the final round in South Carolina.

Lee6 finished at six under, two shots clear of Ryu So-yeon (70), Angel Yin (68) and Lexi Thompson (73) to claim her first major win.

She was the only player to shoot four under-par rounds, although she bogeyed two of her final three holes.

Lee6 was even through 10 holes in her final round before birdies at 11, 12 and 15 set up her victory despite the late hiccups.

Overnight leaders Yu Liu and Celine Boutier struggled to four-over 75s to end up tied for fifth at three under alongside Gerina Piller (68), Mamiko Higa (74) and Jaye Marie Green (74).

Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament by two strokes, while Masters champion Tiger Woods finished in the top 10.

After two consecutive third-place finishes, Cantlay finally topped the leaderboard following his eight-under-par 64 on Friday.

Cantlay was bogey-free in his final round and fired off eight birdies to capture his second PGA Tour title.

"It feels great," he said. "It's been a while since I've won, almost a year and a half, and being able to win on this golf course, a golf course that I really like and in front of Jack [Nicklaus] and making that putt on the last hole, I can't tell you how good it feels.

"It validates my confidence that I can play with the best players in the world. Beating a field like this on a big golf course like this, this is very similar to a major championship set up."

Cantlay finished 19 under overall, two shots clear of Australian Adam Scott, who closed the tournament with a four-under-par 68.

Scott nearly caught up to Cantlay after three consecutive birdies on the 14th through to the 16th hole put him two strokes off the lead.

Former world number one Scott was close to a birdie putt on the par-four 17th but the ball skirted just past the hole. He saved par but was unable to eagle 18.

Martin Kaymer, who was the 54-hole leader, finished fifth at 12 under following his 69, a stroke ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (72).

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth (73) and Jason Dufner (69) tied for seventh place at 10 under.

American superstar Woods (67) was a stroke further back as he highlighted the four-way tie for ninth position.

Woods opened the day with five birdies on the front nine, including back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes and again right before the turn on the seventh and eighth.

The 15-time major winner carded two more birdies on the back nine and a pair of bogeys to end the event.

Tiger Woods was pleased to end his week on a high at the Memorial Tournament and take some form towards the U.S. Open.

The Masters champion entered Sunday four under in Ohio, before making one of his famous fourth-round charges to record his best round of the week.

A five-under 67 took Woods to nine under to enter the clubhouse in a tie for 10th.

Woods might have been even better placed as a birdie at the par-three 12th put him in joint-fourth at one stage, but he bogeyed at the 14th and the last.

The 43-year-old at least enjoyed himself as he gears up for the next major at Pebble Beach.

"I played really well today. It was fun," Woods said. "I hit the ball so crisp and so solid and I made some nice putts. I had it rolling for a little bit.

"I wanted to have something positive going into the [U.S.] Open and I kind of snuck up into a nice little possible top 10 here, so it was good.

"I was never going to win the tournament from where I was at. I texted my buddies that I wanted to get to double digits today and I did - I just didn't stay there."

Guido Migliozzi came through a string of tough fixtures to win the Belgian Knockout on Sunday, claiming his second European Tour title.

The Italian, who won the Kenya Open in March, got his second victory in just 20 career events after carrying his fine form through the week into the final day.

Migliozzi knocked out defending champion Adrian Otaegui on Saturday and began the following day by usurping last week's Made in Denmark winner Bernd Wiesberger.

Ewen Ferguson was the next to be brushed aside in the semi-finals, before Migliozzi came up against Darius van Driel, who had knocked out Matthew Southgate and Gregory Havret.

The final proved to be something of a non-contest, though, as the 22-year-old won by four shots in Antwerp.

Migliozzi, who moved into the top 100 of the world rankings, said: "I'm feeling very good. I managed very well this afternoon, all the shots.

"It's been great playing like this with such great players. I'm playing solid and I will try to continue this quality in the future."

Yu Liu moved into a share of the lead at the U.S. Women's Open after shooting a five-under 66 in the third round on Saturday.

Liu climbed into seven under at the Country Club of Charleston to share a one-stroke lead with Celine Boutier (69) in South Carolina.

World number 45 Liu mixed six birdies with one bogey during the third round, while Boutier was left to rue a bogey at the 16th.

The pair hold a slender lead on what is a congested leaderboard, with Jaye Marie Green (68), Lexi Thompson (68) and Mamiko Higa (71) at six under.

Higa was the overnight leader, but the 25-year-old from Japan could only manage three birdies and three bogeys on Saturday.

Lee6 Jeong-eun is in outright sixth at five under after shooting a 69.

World number one Ko Jin-young carded a two-under 69 to be five shots off the lead in a tie for 12th.

Martin Kaymer is closing in on a first win in nearly five years after taking a two-stroke lead at the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

The German, who last won on the PGA Tour at the 2014 U.S. Open, remained at the top of the leaderboard at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio after the third round.

Kaymer had a mistake-free round and carded a six-under 66 to hold a two-stroke lead over the rest of the field, reaching 15 under – the lowest 54-hole score of his career.

He remained level headed as he finished Saturday with four birdies on the back nine – six in total – and will try to keep his cool as the 54-hole leader. 

"I said to my caddie today on the range a very true thing," Kaymer said. "It doesn't really matter if you're 60th and play 18 holes or if you're leading the tournament and play 18 holes. The 18 holes don't change. It'll probably be the same attitude tomorrow."

Adam Scott is on Kaymer's tail after climbing up the leaderboard with a fine round. He had just one bogey on the par-four ninth and seven birdies to move into second place at 13 under after shooting a 66.

Jordan Spieth also remains in contention. He is in a three-way tie for third place at 11 under with Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama. Spieth shot a respectable three-under 69 but it was Matsuyama who effectively stole the show.

He jumped 22 places after carding the best round of the day, an eight-under 64. Matsuyama had a bogey-free round and fired off eight birdies.

Matsuyama chipped in for birdie from the rough just off the 18th green to cap off his round.

Marc Leishman, Bud Cauley and Lee Kyoung-hoon are tied for sixth place at nine under and Emiliano Grillo sits in solo ninth at eight under.

There is a sizable tie to round out the top 10 with the likes of Jason Dufner, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

Tiger Woods is tied for 25th at four under after he finished with a two-under 70. Some late mistakes sullied his early success, including a double bogey on the par-four 10th hole and a bogey on the 14th to start his back nine. 

"I'm so far back, and there's too many guys. I'm not going to win the golf tournament," Woods said, via the Golf Channel.

"But hopefully I go out and play a positive round of golf tomorrow, and get something out of my round like I haven't done the first three days."

Tiger Woods is confident in his form ahead of this month's U.S. Open, despite a frustrating third round at the Memorial Tournament.

Woods was four under through seven holes on Saturday, but he had to settle for a two-under 70 after starting the back nine poorly and dropping a shot at the last.

At four under through 54 holes, he is set to begin the final day well behind the leaders.

"I've never seen a round that lipped out more shots than today. It was unreal," the 15-time major champion was quoted as saying by Golf Channel.

Nevertheless, Woods is happy with how his game is trending ahead of the year's third major at Pebble Beach, which begins on June 13.

"My game is right where I feel like it needs to be," said.Woods, who won the Masters in April.

"I hit a lot of good shots the last three days here and haven't really scored like I've hit the golf ball."

Bernd Wiesberger's bid for a second successive European Tour title remained on track after he advanced to the quarter-finals of the Belgian Knockout in Antwerp.

The Austrian won three nine-hole strokeplay matches on Saturday - against Oliver Fisher, Oscar Lengden and Daniel Gavins - to advance to a last-eight clash with Guido Migliozzi, who beat defending champion Adrian Otaegui in the last 32.

Wiesberger said: "We got it done. We had a really strong opponent this afternoon [in Gavins] and he kept finding a last putt, it was good to get that over the line.

"I played quite steady, nothing fancy, picked up a couple of shots every now and then when I needed to and made sure I wasn't going to give him any free shots. I kind of plugged away.

"We need to make sure we don't lose our focus, in this format you don't want to be behind early in the game and just make sure 100 per cent focus is on the next shot."

In the other quarter-finals, Ewen Ferguson will face Gavin Green, Matthew Southgate will take on Darius van Driel, and Marcel Siem goes head to head with Gregory Havret.

Tiger Woods felt he never got going during the second round of the Memorial Tournament on Friday.

After recovering from a bogey on his first hole, he bounced back with three birdies over the next 13 to move to two under for his round and four under for the tournament.

But thanks to a double-bogey seven at the par-five 15th, he finished even for his round at Muirfield Village to be seven shots adrift of leading trio Martin Kaymer, Troy Merritt and Lee Kyoung-hoon.

"This was kind of a mixed back," Woods said. "I didn't really get anything going today. I was just kind of plugging along and just wasn't able to get anything really going.

"I just wasn't able to make anything happen today."

Woods, who has won the Memorial five times, was playing relaxed despite the early hiccup and he continued to have success on the back nine by carding two birdies to briefly climb up to within five shots of the lead.

But that trouble at the 15th hole put a damper on his round and sent him right back to where he started the day. He was able to recover with three consecutive pars to close out his round.

He was inches away from chipping in from the rough on the par-four 18th but the ball stopped just short of the hole.

"I don't know how that ball didn't go in," Woods said with a smile.  

This is Woods' first start since the US PGA Championship, where he disappointingly missed the cut after a Masters win.

Mamiko Higa retained her lead at the U.S. Women's Open as the second round was suspended due to darkness.

Higa, who carded a 65 for the lowest round on debut at the major in the first round, fired an even-par 71 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina as dangerous weather interrupted Friday's round.

The 25-year-old from Japan reached six under at the halfway mark to sit clear of American Jessica Korda (68).

Amateur Gina Kim (72) is in a tie for third at four under, alongside Celine Boutier, who was even through 14 holes.

Lee6 Jeong-eun (69) and Jaye Marie Green (68) are at three under, alongside Lexi Thompson and Nelly Korda, who are through 16 and 15 holes respectively.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn is back at two over through 16 holes in her second round, while world number one Ko Jin-young is at even par.

Martin Kaymer is part of a three-way tie for the lead on a congested leaderboard after the second round of the Memorial Tournament.

Kaymer, Troy Merritt and Lee Kyoung-hoon share the lead at nine under at the halfway mark at Muirfield Village.

The three-way tie for first place is followed by tough competition in Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and others who had memorable rounds.

Merritt, who carded a six-under 66, and Lee, who shot a 67, entered the clubhouse well before Kaymer snuck up the leaderboard.

Kaymer, who is searching for his first PGA Tour win since the 2014 U.S. Open, had sole possession of the lead but a bogey on the final hole dropped him back into the three-way tie. He finished Friday with a four-under 68.

Spieth is right behind the leaders in fourth place at eight under and again used his putter to help keep him in contention. He finished with one bogey and three birdies to card a 70.

Fowler also found success with his putter in Dublin, Ohio. He sits in a sizable tie for fifth place at seven under with the likes of Emiliano Grillo and Adam Scott.

Fowler, who has been the runner-up at the Memorial twice (2010 and 2017), recovered from a bogey on the par-four 17th hole to go bogey free on his back nine with two more birdies to shoot a 68.

Justin Rose had a colourful scorecard.

He opened his round with a bogey, two eagles and two birdies. He made the turn and fired off four more birdies to improve on his forgettable first round. Rose finished with the best round of the day, a nine-under 63, to move into a share of 10th place at six under.

Bryson DeChambeau, the 2018 winner, also came back from an over par opening round. He shot a two-under 70 to sit tied for 55th place at even par. He was close to not making the cut but was able to card three birdies to offset a bogey to play into the weekend.

Tiger Woods, who has won the Memorial five times, was playing relaxed despite the early hiccup and finished with an even-par 72 in his second round. He is at two under for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy (two over), Keegan Bradley (four over) and Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, who were both five over, missed the cut.

Thomas Pieters fell agonisingly short of a remarkable fightback at the Belgian Knockout, before five players crashed out in a thrilling play-off on Friday.

With the field split into two sections, 32 players advanced from each half and play-offs were required to separate those tied on the cut line.

Pieters, who slumped to a dismal on six over on Thursday, almost forced his way into the picture, but a round of 65 was not quite enough to bring him to the Section A benchmark of one under.

The tournament host was three under at the turn, yet two bogeys through the next four holes - sandwiching two birdies - put paid to his hopes despite a late rally.

Pieters was at least spared the disappointment of a last-gasp play-off defeat, with Max Orrin's departure from Section B particularly gutting.

The Englishman went five under for the day with a bogey-free round, only to send his tee shot left in the play-off to drop a shot for the first time all day.

Lasse Jensen went out in similar fashion, while Adam Bland, James Morrison and Tom Lewis were also eliminated.

However, Nino Bertasio, Sam Horsfield and Daniel Gavins all made their pars to progress, while Steven Brown and Soren Kjeldsen also made it through.

Chris Paisley, carding a second 65 in succession, to sit as the top seed, though all remaining players in contention will have a clean slate over six rounds of nine-hole stroke play.

Matt Kuchar has defended himself after critics, including Jack Nicklaus, claimed he tried to bend the rules during the Memorial Tournament on Thursday.

Kuchar's drive onto the fairway on the 17th landed on the edge of a pre-made pitch mark, which both the American and PGA rules official Robby Ware agreed was already in place.

Under current rules, golfers are entitled to a free drop from their own pitch mark, but have to play the ball as it lies if it lands in one that had been made previously.

However, Kuchar believed he could have been entitled to some relief, and called over another official for a second opinion, even jokingly asking for a third after the initial decision was upheld, with playing partner Rickie Fowler standing by the officials.

Kuchar eventually parred the hole and stood firm in response to criticism he received on social media after the incident.

"I guess it's not a new embedded ball if it breaks new ground," Kuchar told a press conference after returning to the clubhouse with a one-over 73.

"When looking at the replay I saw in the [camera], it looked like there was potential that it might have broken new turf.

"I heard it bounced in there and thought there was potential that it might had broken ground again. That was my question, was that a new pitch, is that a new potential embedded ball. 

"The rules officials, they know the rules a lot better than I do. I thought there was potential that it might have broken additional ground and is that a new embedded ball. I'm not sure, and that's why we have the rules officials.

"I'm certainly satisfied with making a [par] there. I like to think things work out the way they're supposed to. Making four there is all I can ask for."

Kuchar has been no stranger to controversy in recent months, having apologised in February for not agreeing to pay a temporary caddie in full after his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November.

Tournament host Nicklaus told CBS: "That is the most amusing thing I've ever seen someone try to get a ruling on."

Mamiko Higa starred on her U.S. Women's Open debut to take a one-shot lead after the first round on Thursday.

Higa produced a bogey-free six-under 65 at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina.

The Japanese 25-year-old, who holed six birdies, set a record for the lowest round on debut at the major.

A shot behind Higa are Esther Henseleit and Gina Kim, who opened with five-under 66s.

Kim, 19, also made history, matching the lowest round by an amateur at the U.S. Women's Open.

Frenchwoman Celine Boutier is outright fourth after shooting a four-under 67.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn battled to a one-over 72 to be back in a tie for 43rd, alongside world number one Ko Jin-young and two-time major winner Lydia Ko.

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