2019 U.S. Open: Woodland Denies Koepka's 3-Peat

Gary Woodland shows off the trophy he won at the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament.

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Gary Woodland won the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament by three strokes over a golfer who was trying pull off the three-peat.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Gary Woodland, 271
  • Dates: June 13-16, 2019
  • Golf course: Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • U.S. Open number: This was the 119th playing of the tournament.

Brooks Koepka was the two-time defending champion, having won the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens. Only one golfer in tournament history — Willie Anderson in 1903-05 — won three consecutive U.S. Opens. No golfer since Peter Thomson in the British Open in the early 1950s has won any of the majors three times in a row.

And that still holds, after Koepka's effort came up just short. He played very well throughout, including during the final round, with four rounds in the 60s. (He also finished the 2018 tournament with a round in the 60s, so Koepka became the first golfer in U.S. Open history with five consecutive rounds in the 60s.)

But Woodland answered every challenge from Koepka and others, including 2013 winner Justin Rose, with whom Woodland played in the final pairing of the fourth round. Rose challenged early, but fell away on the back nine.

Woodland was steady throughout the final round, however. He birdied the second and third holes, before his first bogey at No. 9. Another bogey came on the 12th. But Woodland birdied the 14th. And he made a fantastic par save on the par-3 17th in which he played a chip shot from the putting surface to less than two feet from the cup. A final birdie on No. 18 gave Woodland his final three-stroke winning margin over Koepka.

Woodland's winning score of 271 was second-best to this point in tournament history. His 13-under score in relation to par was third-best to this point in tournament history.

The low amateur, Viktor Hovland, finished at 280, a new record for lowest final score by an amateur in the U.S. Open. Jack Nicklaus was the previous recordholder.

Final Scores in the 2019 U.S. Open

Final scores from the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Pebble Beach (par-71). (a-amateur)

Gary Woodland, 68-65-69-69—271
Brooks Koepka, 69-69-68-68—274
Xander Schauffele, 66-73-71-67—277
Jon Rahm, 69-70-70-68—277
Chez Reavie, 68-70-68-71—277
Justin Rose, 65-70-68-74—277
Adam Scott, 70-69-71-68—278
Louis Oosthuizen, 66-70-70-72—278
Henrik Stenson, 68-71-70-70—279
Chesson Hadley, 68-70-70-71—279
Rory McIlroy, 68-69-70-72—279
a-Viktor Hovland, 69-73-71-67—280
Matthew Fitzpatrick, 69-71-72-68—280
Matt Wallace, 70-68-71-71—280
Danny Willett, 71-71-67-71—280
Webb Simpson, 74-68-73-66—281
Francesco Molinari, 68-72-71-70—281
Byeong-Hun An, 70-72-68-71—281
Graeme McDowell, 69-70-70-72—281
Matt Kuchar, 69-69-70-73—281
Paul Casey, 70-72-73-67—282
Alex Prugh, 75-69-70-68—282
Tiger Woods, 70-72-71-69—282
Jason Day, 70-73-70-69—282
Tyrrell Hatton, 70-74-69-69—282
Hideki Matsuyama, 69-73-70-70—282
Patrick Cantlay, 73-71-68-70—282
Sepp Straka, 68-72-76-67—283
Shane Lowry, 75-69-70-69—283
Jim Furyk, 73-67-72-71—283
Nate Lashley, 67-74-70-72—283
Marcus Kinhult, 74-70-74-66—284
Patrick Reed, 71-73-72-68—284
Billy Horschel, 73-70-71-70—284
Aaron Wise, 66-71-79-69—285
Bryson DeChambeau, 69-74-73-69—285
Collin Morikawa, 71-73-72-69—285
Martin Kaymer, 69-75-71-70—285
Jason Dufner, 70-71-73-71—285
Marc Leishman, 69-74-70-72—285
Dustin Johnson, 71-69-71-74—285
a-Brandon Wu, 71-69-71-74—285
Andrew Putnam, 73-71-73-69—286
Rory Sabbatini, 72-71-73-70—286
Erik van Rooyen, 71-73-72-70—286
Tom Hoge, 71-73-71-71—286
Rickie Fowler, 66-77-71-72—286
Nick Taylor, 74-70-70-72—286
Kevin Kisner, 73-70-75-69—287
Daniel Berger, 73-70-74-70—287
Abraham Ancer, 74-68-69-76—287
Phil Mickelson, 72-69-75-72—288
Charles Howell III, 72-70-74-72—288
Carlos Ortiz, 70-70-75-73—288
Sergio Garcia, 69-70-75-74—288
Li Haotong, 71-70-72-75—288
Scott Piercy, 67-72-72-77—288
Charlie Danielson, 72-70-77-70—289
Zach Johnson, 70-69-79-71—289
Andy Pope, 72-71-75-71—289
Adri Arnaus, 69-75-73-72—289
Harris English, 71-69-76-73—289
Emiliano Grillo, 68-74-74-73—289
a-Chandler Eaton, 72-70-73-74—289
Justin Walters, 72-72-77-69—290
Kyle Stanley, 71-73-75-71—290
Brian Stuard, 71-73-74-72—290
Rafael Cabrera Bello, 70-74-74-72—290
Tommy Fleetwood, 71-73-73-73—290
Jordan Spieth, 72-69-73-76—290
Rhys Enoch, 78-66-71-76—291
Cameron Smith, 71-72-77-72—292
Luke Donald, 72-70-77-73—292
Clement Sordet, 76-68-74-74—292
Billy Hurley III, 73-70-73-76—292
Bernd Wiesberger, 71-73-78-72—294
Brandt Snedeker, 75-69-74-77—295
Chip McDaniel, 71-73-76-77—297
a-Michael Thorbjornsen, 71-73-84-76—304