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Gary Woodland Holds Off Brooks Koepka To Lift Maiden Major Crown

Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka a third US Open in a row at Pebble Beach following a strong showing down the home stretch that saw him clinch his first major title by three shots.

Woodland finished it off in style by draining a long birdie putt on the 18th to finish on 13-under par with a championship winning round of 69.

World number one, Koepka, started the day four shots off Woodland’s lead before finishing out on his own in second place after a final round of 68. Koepka started the day off in style hitting four birdies in his first five holes as he attempted to become just the second player to lift three US Open titles in a row, a feat that has now not been achieved in more than a century.

Justin Rose shooting a final round of 74 to finish tied for third alongside Xander Schauffele, Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm.

Koepka’s attempt at clawing into Woodland’s lead slowed down as he hit a bogey on the eighth, with Woodland carrying a two-shot lead ahead of he and Rose on the turn. Koepka was eventually able to cut the lead to just one but Woodland held his nerve throughout before hitting dropping that bomb on the 18th green to seal his first ever major title.

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