Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Pebble Beach, CA–
It wasn’t too dark or too cold for Gary Woodland to finish today at Pebble Beach, but it was just right when it came to his golf temperature on the 18th Green taking a 2 stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of play.
But if Woodland wants to take the hardware he has to worry about guys like Brooks Koepka who is right in the mix for tomorrow just four strokes off the lead.
Justin Rose, who played with Woodland on Saturday and will again Sunday, is one shot back. Fellow major champions Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy are also in striking distance, and Sunday’s biggest question will be which of these proven winners — or maybe another potential first-time winner — will make a run at the lead when things get tight across the final 18 holes of the championship.
I had a couple of tough shots including that one 18th that most of you saw, but I was able to stay close with Gary and give him credit, he played some amazing golf those final holes today, said Koepka.
This is shaping up to be on the best U.S Open finishes in the past few years and there are plenty of people who would like to see Koepka win his fifth major tomorrow.