SUNDAY  | JUNE 16, 2019
by Alex Miceli

It seemed that a Gary Woodland victory was ordained by the golfing gods on Saturday as he created pars from bogeys in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Then, the realization hit that it’s only Saturday and what happened in the third round might mean little today.

At 35, Woodland, who holds a one-stroke edge on Justin Rose (scores), will enter an arena and a situation that he never has faced before today.

 


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by Gary Van Sickle

The weight of history and the wait for history rides on the broad shoulders of Brooks Koepka.

Today, Koepka will try to win a third straight U.S. Open, a feat accomplished only once, in 1905, by Willie Anderson, a greenskeeper’s son who emigrated from Scotland when he was a teenager.

Are Koepka’s shoulders broad enough to handle 114 years’ worth of waiting?

 


by Dan O’Neill

The score is the same. Tiger Woods shot par 71 on the third day of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. We could be talking about 2000 instead of 2019.

But clearly, we are not. Clearly, they are not the same. On moving day along the central California coast Saturday, Woods moved in the wrong direction. Nineteen years ago, his 71 came off back-to-back rounds in the 60s. It allowed a 24-year-old Woods to stay right where he was at 8 under par, blowing the doors off the championship with a 10-stroke lead.

This time, as before, a Saturday 71 allowed Woods to stay where he was. Problem is, in the third round of the 119th U.S. Open, others were headed north. When the day was over, when Woods put the finishing crutches on an ineffective walk with a consolation birdie at 18. He was even par through 54 holes and 11 shots behind leader Gary Woodland, with 21 players between Woods and the lead (scores).

 


In one way, at least, Tiger Woods is back
Did you notice that when Tiger Woods walked off the ninth green (his last hole) Friday in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, he walked right past and completely ignored the official markers who walked with his group? Justin Rose, on the other hand, stopped and shook hands with each of them.

I won’t buy the defense that Woods was “hot” because of the way he finished his round. At this stage of his career, he’s going to have more failures than successes. Phil Mickelson recognized that a long time ago and makes himself accessible, regardless of his on-course performance.

 


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Number of strokes that separate leader Gary Woodland and second-place Justin Rose entering today’s final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Woodland shot 2-under 69 on Saturday for an 11-under 202 total for 54 holes.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Annika Invitational Europe will be played June 17-20 at Vasatorps Golf Club in Helsingborg, Sweden, the Annika Foundation announced. The eighth annual event, for girls ages 13-18, is one of 10 events used for qualifying for the Ping Junior Solheim Cup team.

 


CALENDAR
June 13-16
Web.com: Lincoln Land Championship

Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill.

PGA Tour: U.S. Open

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic

Blythefield CC, Grand Rapids, Mich.

June 14-16
Symetra: Forsyth Classic

Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.

June 16-19
Men’s amateur: Sizzler Amateur

Troon North GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.

June 17-20
Junior boys: Western Junior

Rich Harvest Farms GC, Sugar Grove, Ill.

June 19-22
Men’s amateur: Rice Planters

Snee Farm GC, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur

Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

June 20-23
Web.com: Wichita Open

Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.

European: BMW International Open

Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany

PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.

June 21-23
Champions: American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.

Symetra: Island Resort Championship

Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.


      
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