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Gary Woodland Chases First Major With Rose One Behind

Gary Woodland has never finished better than 23rd in a US Open.

June 15, 2019 - 9:57 pm

I have to say, I am a big fan of what the USGA has done with Pebble Beach this week. I wrote in the Round 1 recap that players were very critical of the US Open's governing body for the unplayable conditions. Some players even said that the USGA was trying to embarrass them. I don't think that was ever the case, but I do think the USGA liked to push the limits of fair and unfair. It seems like they heard the players gripes, and have come up with a much better plan for the 119th edition.

Day 1 was soft and scorable. Day 2 the course firmed up a bit and the rough was much more punishing. I really was a little disappointed that this tournament reminded me of a regular tour stop.

But today was when it started to resemble a US Open. Firm greens, tough to find fairways, wind, rough, beach, ocean, whatever you can name, Pebble Beach had it today. Shots that landed in the right place rolled all the way to the back of the green.

I have played on PGA Tour speed greens a few times in my life. I've played Torrey South at PGA Tour speed. Those greens were like putting on linoleum. I've heard US Open greens described as concrete and that's what it was forming into as the day went along. 

Gary Woodland has never finished better than 23rd in any US Open. Tonight will proabaly be the most restless night of sleep in his life. He leads solo at the US Open. A respectable 2-under 69 showed that he was able to play his game and get through the day to hold a one shot lead, at 11-under. Tomorrow is going to test his nerves big time. 

Things like thsi though make it hard to think he isn't some sort of winner of destiny or something. 

Justin Rose bettered him by one stroke on the round, shooting a 3-under 68. It was good enough for a solo second place going into the final round.

Another guy I'm thinking is loving his position right now is Brooks Koepka. He's 4 shots off the lead and will be able to chase instead of fend off players. Golfers always say it's much easier to chase than to lead. He's joined by Chez Reavie and Louis Oosthuizen at 7-under.

Rory McIlroy is lurking at 6-under and is well within capable of being able to go low and win his 5th major.

Tiger Woods had an up and down day to shoot an even 71, putting him even for the tournament and down by 11 strokes. The dream is over everyone, he's not taking home the hardware this week.

Another year, another missed opportunity to win a major for Rickie Fowler. He's twelve shots off the lead.

Aztecs own Xander Schauffele is going to have to do something pretty special on Sunday if he wants to win this one. He's eight shots back.

Oh Phil, your day started out with so much promise but in the end a triple bogey on 18 will doom you. The career grand slam will have to wait one more year.

I think the course is going to be very difficult tomorrow, and I think that the scores are probably going to come back to 10 under or even 9 under. The USGA wants to at least have one day of mayhem!

It shoudl be a good finish!