After four days of breathless play at the majestic Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula, the third major championship of 2019 is now officially in the books with Gary Woodland crowned the 119th U.S. Open champion.
It was a late finish for many of us here at Hole19 HQ, but we managed to stay up long enough to watch Woodland hold off Brooks Koepka's charge and grab his maiden major championship.
Check out our takeaways from Pebble Beach below...
Your 2019 Champion: Gary Woodland
Much of the talk before Sunday's final round centred around Woodland's inability to convert any of his previous seven 54-hole leads in PGA Tour events but, just when it mattered, the new world number 12 kept his cool nervelessly to get over the line in impressive fashion.
We loved that, almost immediately, he checked in with Amy Bockerstette, who's both his biggest fan and one mightily impressive golfer in her own right.
The two had met back during January's Waste Management Phoenix Open...
What a great story to help top off a great tournament.
Koepka's Valiant Defence
With four birdies in five holes, Brooks started his final round like a man on a mission, and there were ominous signs for the rest of the field. Eventually playing the remaining holes in +1, the defence would come up short, but even in defeat, he would go on to make his own little bit of history.
So good was Gary Woodland's performance over the four days that the man whose title he wrestled away ended up accomplishing something no one had ever managed to that point - as Brooks shot four rounds in the 60s without managing to win the U.S. Open trophy.
Tiger Fails to Roar
Tiger just wasn't as sharp as many of us expected he would be at Pebble Beach last week and, although we saw the usual flashes of brilliance, it just wasn't to be this time around.
An undoubted highlight was the 15-time major champion's recovery from four bogeys in the first six holes of the final round to post a two-under-par 69. Check out Tiger's final round highlights below...
Rose's Back Nine Struggles
Entering Sunday's final round just one shot behind the 54-hole lead, Justin Rose was the favourite of many given his past U.S. Open success at Merion Golf Club while there was a growing feeling that major no.2 was now long overdue.
What followed was a disappointing end to the week as the Englishma shot a three-over-par 74 thanks to a combination of a poor greens-in-regulation percentage and the putter falling stone cold just when he needed it most.
USGA Finally Get It Right
At this year's U.S. Open, it was a welcome change to have all of our focus on the magnificent golf rather than on another ridiculous set-up similar to that which Bryson DeChambeau so eloquently termed 'clown golf' at Shinnecock Hills last year.
Though you could hear the odd dissenting view, Pebble's perceived lack of ferocity was no fault of the USGA. As many of the golfers stated post-round, the governing body can do nothing about the weather, and it just so happened that Mother Nature was on the players' side at this year's tournament.
The favourable conditions led to some memorable golf shots. Check out R4's finest below...
Congratulations once again to Gary Woodland on capturing his first major title from all at Hole19. Next stop: Royal Portrush for the 148th Open Championship on Northern Ireland's stunning north coast.
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