US Open 2019: final round – live!


It took a while for Gary Woodland to locate his major mojo. He’s 35 years old now, and for a while back there it was looking like the big hitter from Kansas would never fulfil his potential in one of golf’s biggest championships. But recently something’s clicked. A tie for sixth at last year’s PGA – in which he held the 36-hole lead – was followed by a good showing at Augusta this April and a tie for eighth at the PGA last month. Throw in victory at last year’s Phoenix Open, as intense an event as you’ll get on the regular Tour, and it’s clear he’s been in top form for some time.

He’s been magnificent so far this week. That record-equalling 65 on Friday, of course. But what about his chip-in at 12 and monster putt on 14 yesterday, saving precious pars when all looked lost? Or the way he’s plotted his way around Pebble Beach, a track where booming drives are not the be-all and end-all? His calm demeanour? His resilience? His clutch putting? His heat-seeking approach play? He’d be a worthy winner of the 119th United States Open Championship.

Only problem is, this is the first time he’s led a major after 54 holes. Pressure ahoy! And he’s got some big names on his tail. Justin Rose, the 2013 champion, has been making an absurd amount of one-putts, the sort of behaviour that wins US Opens. And he looks happy and relaxed. Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open winner, is refusing to give up the chase, and is known for his final-day birdie blitzes in the majors. Rory McIlroy, the 2011 winner, isn’t out of the hunt and is due a special round this week.

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And then there’s Brooks Koepka, bidding to become the first person to three-peat in the US Open since Willie Anderson in 1905. “I enjoy the pressure,” he shrugs. “It’s fun for me.” Clearly. Who’d bet against him?! Factor in the uber-determined Chez Reavie and Matt Kuchar, plus a fair few other big names who’ll consider themselves within striking distance should Woodland and Rose have a bad day and come back towards the pack, and we’ve got quite the experience ahead of us. It’s the US Open! It’s the final round! It could go to a two-hole play-off! It’s on!

Here’s where the leaders stand after 54 holes …

-11: Woodland
-10: Rose
-7: Koepka, Reavie, Oosthuizen
-6: McIlroy
-5: Kuchar, Hadley
-4: Willett, McDowell, Rahm, Stenson, Wallace
-3: An, Schauffele, Scott
-2: Ancer, Lashley, Wu (a), D Johnson, Molinari, Piercy
-1: Cantlay, Matsuyama, Fitzpatrick, Furyk
E: Hatton, Day, Leishman, Woods, Hovland (a), Li

… and here are the final-round tee times (all BST, US unless stated):

3.21pm: Michael Thorbjornsen -a-
3.32pm: Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Justin Walters (SA)
3.43pm: Cameron Smith (Aus), Chip McDaniel
3.54pm: Charlie Danielson, Luke Donald (Eng)
4.05pm: Kyle Stanley, Zach Johnson
4.16pm: Kevin Kisner, Andy Pope
4.27pm: Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Brian Stuard
4.38pm: Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spa), Brandt Snedeker
4.49pm: Clement Sordet (Fra), Daniel Berger
5.00pm: Andrew Putnam, Adri Arnaus (Spa)
5.11pm: Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Aaron Wise
5.22pm: Sepp Straka (Aut), Harris English
5.33pm: Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III
5.44pm: Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Rory Sabbatini (Svk)
5.55pm: Billy Hurley III, Bryson DeChambeau
6.06pm: Collin Morikawa, Erik van Rooyen (SA)
6.17pm: Patrick Reed, Carlos Ortiz (Mex)
6.28pm: Paul Casey (Eng), Webb SImpson
6.39pm: Chandler Eaton -a-, Tom Hoge
6.50pm: Martin Kaymer (Ger), Rhys Enoch (Wal)
7.01pm: Sergio Garcia (Spa), Jordan Spieth
7.12pm: Jason Dufner, Billy Horschel
7.23pm: Rickie Fowler, Alex Prugh
7.34pm: Nick Taylor (Can), Shane Lowry (Ire)
7.45pm: Haotong Li (Chn), Viktor Hovland (Nor) -a-
7.56pm: Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman (Aus)
8.07pm: Jason Day (Aus), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
8.18pm: Jim Furyk, Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng)
8.29pm: HIdeki Matsuyama (Jpn), Patrick Cantlay
8.40pm: Scott Piercy, Francesco Molinari (Ita)
8.51pm: Dustin Johnson, Brandon Wu -a-
9.02pm: Nate Lashley, Abraham Ancer (Mex)
9.13pm: Adam Scott (Aus), Xander Schauffele
9.24pm: An Byeong-hun (Kor), Matt Wallace (Eng)
9.35pm: Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jon Rahm
9.46pm: Graeme McDowell (NI), Danny Willett (Eng)
9.57pm: Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar
10.08pm: Rory McIlroy (NI), Louis Oosthuizen (SA)
10.19pm: Chez Reavie, Brooks Koepka
10.30pm: Justin Rose (Eng), Gary Woodland



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