2019 U.S. Open (golf)

The 2019 United States Open Championship was the 119th U.S. Open, played from June 13–16 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. It was the seventh major and sixth U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which last hosted U.S. Opens in 2000 and 2010, won by Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell, respectively.[2]

2019 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
DatesJune 13–16, 2019
LocationPebble Beach, California
36°34′05″N 121°57′00″W / 36.568°N 121.950°W / 36.568; -121.950Coordinates: 36°34′05″N 121°57′00″W / 36.568°N 121.950°W / 36.568; -121.950
Course(s)Pebble Beach Golf Links
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length7,075 yards (6,469 m)
Field156, 79 after cut
Cut144 (+2)
Prize fund$12,500,000[1]
Winner's share$2,250,000
Champion
United States Gary Woodland
271 (−13)
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Gary Woodland won his first major title by three strokes over world number one Brooks Koepka. Ranked 25th coming into the tournament, and having never finished in the top 20 in the U.S. Open previously, he was generally seen as a surprise victor. Koepka had won four of the last nine majors, and was attempting to become the first player to win three straight U.S. Opens since 1905.[3]

Woodland shot 68 in the first round, and 65 in the second, to lead by two strokes after 36 holes. He shot 69 in the third round, to have a single-stroke lead over Justin Rose going into the final day. After shooting a 69 in the final round, he converted a 54-hole lead into a victory for the first time in eight attempts in stroke-play events. His 72-hole winning score, a 13-under-par 271, was the lowest relative to par since 2011 and included a stretch of 34 holes without a bogey. Woodland led the field in scrambling, having begun the week ranked 169th in that category.[3]

The previous winner of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Graeme McDowell, finished tied for 16th with a 3-under-par 281. Tiger Woods was tied 58th after the first round, and began his final round by bogeying four of his first six holes, but rallied on the back nine to finish tied for 21st with a 2-under-par 282. Justin Rose entered the final round one shot back of Woodland but made three bogeys on his final seven holes to finish tied for 3rd. On his 49th birthday, six-time U.S. Open runner-up, Phil Mickelson finished with a 4-over-par 288, having won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier in the year at Pebble Beach.[3]

79 players made the cut, including four amateurs. The leading amateur was Norwegian Viktor Hovland, who had qualified by winning the 2018 U.S. Amateur, which was also held at Pebble Beach. He finished tied for 12th at 4-under-par, to become first low amateur at the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season since Matt Kuchar in 1998.[3]

The U.S. Open traditionally has a winning score around par, but a joint record 31 players finished under par for the tournament. This was partly attributed by the media to the soft conditions resulting from a marine layer, and relatively low wind speeds for a links-style course.[4]

MediaEdit

This was the fifth U.S. Open televised by Fox and FS1. During Fox's primetime window in the first round, FS1 offered coverage hosted by Justin Kutcher following the group of Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods, and the group of Viktor Hovland, 2018 champion Brooks Koepka, and Francesco Molinari. Due to commitments to baseball and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, there were no plans for similar coverage on FS1 during the remainder of the tournament.[5]

VenueEdit

Course layoutEdit

Pebble Beach hosted the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February of the same year. The changes made to the course since that event include reducing par from 72 to 71, cutting the greens from .125" to .110", and growing the rough from 2" to between 3-5".[3]

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 380 4 10 495 4
2 516 4 11 390 4
3 404 4 12 202 3
4 331 4 13 445 4
5 195 3 14 580 5
6 523 5 15 397 4
7 109 3 16 403 4
8 428 4 17 208 3
9 526 4 18 543 5
Out 3,412 35 In 3,663 36
Source: Total 7,075 71

Previous course lengths for major championships

Prior to 2000, the 2nd hole was played as a par 5.
2019 yardages by round
Round Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 71
1 Yards 381 502 412 334 188 518 108 433 502 3,378 493 387 202 447 592 399 402 218 552 3,692 7,070
2 Yards 382 516 394 334 186 529 116 432 526 3,415 497 389 185 452 583 399 407 210 535 3,657 7,072
3 Yards 376 515 410 315 184 524 98 428 525 3,375 499 388 209 440 589 399 395 203 544 3,666 7,041
4 Yards 386 523 407 324 204 520 102 433 533 3,432 492 390 198 448 582 394 409 220 539 3,672 7,104
  • Scoring average: 72.352
    • by round: 72.685, 72.571, 72.430, 71.190
  • Most difficult holes in relation to par: 10, 8 and 9, 9, 9

Source:[6]

FieldEdit

About half the field consisted of players who are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open.[7] Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, and other categories are shown in parentheses.

1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship during the last ten years

Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson (9,11,12,13,14), Martin Kaymer, Brooks Koepka (7,9,11,12,13,14), Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy (6,7,8,9,12,13,14), Justin Rose (11,12,13,14), Webb Simpson (8,11,12,13,14), Jordan Spieth (5,6,13,14)

2. Winners of the 2018 U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur, and U.S. Mid-Amateur, and runner-up of the 2018 U.S. Amateur

Devon Bling (a), Viktor Hovland (a), Kevin O'Connell (a), Michael Thorbjornsen (a)

3. Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship

Jovan Rebula (a)

4. Winner of the 2018 Mark H. McCormack Medal (men's World Amateur Golf Ranking)
5. Winners of the Masters Tournament during the last five years

Sergio García (13,14), Patrick Reed (11,12,13,14), Danny Willett, Tiger Woods (9,12,13,14)

6. Winners of The Open Championship during the last five years

Zach Johnson, Francesco Molinari (9,12,13,14), Henrik Stenson (11,13,14)

7. Winners of the PGA Championship during the last five years

Jason Day (12,13,14), Justin Thomas (12,13,14), Jimmy Walker

8. Winners of The Players Championship during the last three years

Kim Si-woo (13,14)

9. Winners of multiple PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the FedEx Cup, between the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 U.S. Open

Bryson DeChambeau (12,13,14), Matt Kuchar (13,14), Kevin Na (12,13,14), Xander Schauffele (11,12,13,14)

10. Winner of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship

David Toms

11. The 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place at the 2018 U.S. Open Championship

Daniel Berger, Tony Finau (12,13,14), Tommy Fleetwood (12,13,14), Tyrrell Hatton (13,14)

12. Players who qualified for the season-ending 2018 Tour Championship

Keegan Bradley (13,14), Patrick Cantlay (13,14), Paul Casey (13,14), Rickie Fowler (13,14), Billy Horschel (13,14), Patton Kizzire, Marc Leishman (13,14), Hideki Matsuyama (13,14), Phil Mickelson (13,14), Jon Rahm (13,14), Cameron Smith (13,14), Kyle Stanley (13,14), Bubba Watson (13,14), Aaron Wise, Gary Woodland (13,14)

13. The top 60 point leaders and ties as of May 20, 2019 in the Official World Golf Ranking

An Byeong-hun (14), Abraham Ancer, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (14), Lucas Bjerregaard (14), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (14), Matthew Fitzpatrick (14), Jim Furyk (14), Branden Grace (14), Justin Harding (14), J. B. Holmes (14), Charles Howell III (14), Kevin Kisner (14), Li Haotong (14), Luke List, Shane Lowry (14), Keith Mitchell (14), Alex Norén (14), Thorbjørn Olesen (14), Louis Oosthuizen (14), Pan Cheng-tsung (14), Ian Poulter (14), Chez Reavie, Adam Scott (14), Brandt Snedeker (14), Matt Wallace (14)

14. The top 60 point leaders and ties as of June 10, 2019 in the Official World Golf Ranking

Emiliano Grillo, Scott Piercy, Andrew Putnam

15. Special exemptions given by the USGA

Ernie Els[9]

The remaining contestants earned their places through sectional qualifiers. Each site has n spots allocated amongst m players denoted (n/m).

(a) denotes amateur
(L) denotes player advanced through local qualifying

Alternates who gained entry:

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (84) South America (4) Europe (37) Oceania (10) Asia (12) Africa (9)
  Canada (2)   Argentina (2)   England (13)   Australia (8)   China (1)   South Africa (9)
  Costa Rica (1)   Chile (1)   Northern Ireland (2)   New Zealand (2)   India (1)
  Mexico (2)   Venezuela (1)   Wales (1)   Japan (4)
  United States (79)   Ireland (1)   South Korea (3)
  Austria (2)   Taiwan (2)
  Belgium (1)   Thailand (1)
  Denmark (2)
  France (2)
  Germany (1)
  Italy (2)
  Norway (2)
  Slovakia (1)
  Spain (4)
  Sweden (3)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Brooks Koepka   United States 2017, 2018 69 69 68 68 274 –10 2
Justin Rose   England 2013 65 70 68 74 277 –7 T3
Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 2011 68 69 70 72 279 –5 T9
Webb Simpson   United States 2012 74 68 73 66 281 –3 T16
Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 2010 69 70 70 72 281 –3 T16
Tiger Woods   United States 2000, 2002, 2008 70 72 71 69 282 –2 T21
Jim Furyk   United States 2003 73 67 72 71 283 –1 T28
Martin Kaymer   Germany 2014 69 75 71 70 285 +1 T35
Dustin Johnson   United States 2016 71 69 71 74 285 +1 T35
Jordan Spieth   United States 2015 72 69 73 76 290 +6 T65
Source:[11]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Lucas Glover   United States 2009 73 72 145 +3
Ernie Els   South Africa 1994, 1997 75 73 148 +6
Source:[11]

WeatherEdit

  • Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a high of 67 °F/19 °C. Wind W 11 mph.
  • Friday: Mostly overcast, with a high of 61 °F/16 °C. Wind W 6-12 mph.
  • Saturday: Overcast, with a high of 59 °F/15 °C. WNW wind 5-10 mph, with gusts to 15 mph.
  • Sunday: Partly cloudy. High of 61 °F/16 °C. Wind W 7-14 mph.[3]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2013 champion Justin Rose birdied his final three holes to shoot 65 (−6), equaling the record for lowest round shot in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach,[12] and taking a one-shot lead. Xander Schauffele eagled the 18th hole to join Rickie Fowler, Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wise in a tie for second.[13] Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka birdied four of his first six holes before falling back to two-under and a tie for 16th. Seventeen eagles were made during the round, a new U.S. Open record.[14][15]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Justin Rose   England 65 −6
T2 Rickie Fowler   United States 66 −5
Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa
Xander Schauffele   United States
Aaron Wise   United States
T6 Nate Lashley   United States 67 −4
Scott Piercy   United States
T8 Emiliano Grillo   Argentina 68 −3
Chesson Hadley   United States
Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland
Francesco Molinari   Italy
Chez Reavie   United States
Henrik Stenson   Sweden
Sepp Straka   Austria
Gary Woodland   United States
Source:[11]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 14, 2019

Gary Woodland holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 9th hole, the last of his round, to post a bogey-free round of 65 (−6) and take a two-shot lead. His 36-hole score of nine-under ties Gil Morgan in 1992 for lowest in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. First-round leader Justin Rose was in second place after a round of 70 (−1). Louis Oosthuizen was tied for the lead but had just one par on his back-nine, making four birdies and four bogeys to finish three shots behind. Rory McIlroy got to within a shot of the lead before a bogey at the 13th and double bogey at the par-5 14th, falling into a tie for fourth place and four behind. Brooks Koepka became the first defending champion since 1988 to begin his title defense with two sub-70 rounds and was part of a group tied for sixth, five behind.[16][17]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Woodland   United States 68-65=133 −9
2 Justin Rose   England 65-70=135 −7
3 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 66-70=136 −6
T4 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 68-69=137 −5
Aaron Wise   United States 66-71=137
T6 Chesson Hadley   United States 68-70=138 −4
Brooks Koepka   United States 69-69=138
Matt Kuchar   United States 69-69=138
Chez Reavie   United States 68-70=138
Matt Wallace   England 70-68=138

Amateurs: Wu (−2), Eaton (E), Hovland (E), Thorbjornsen (+2), Tibbits (+3), Rebula (+4), Eckroat (+5), Yu (+5), Hagestad (+7), Hillier (+7), O'Connell (+8), Parziale (+9), Young (+9), Norton (+13), Bling (+20)

Source:[11]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Gary Woodland, the 36-hole leader, was two-under par through 11 holes before finding trouble on the par-3 12th, hitting his tee shot into the rough. Still, off the green after his second shot, he made a 33-foot chip shot to save par. At the par-5 14th, his fourth shot almost rolled back down off the green but managed to stop just short. He then made a 42-foot putt to save par yet again. He parred the last four holes to shoot 69 (−2) and take a one-shot lead into the final round. Justin Rose got up-and-down from a greenside bunker for birdie at the par-5 18th to get to 10-under, a shot behind Woodland.[18]

Louis Oosthuizen birdied three holes in a row from the 15th to the 17th to get into a tie for third with Chez Reavie and two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, four shots behind. Koepka didn't make a bogey in a round of 68 (−3).[19]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Woodland   United States 68-65-69=202 −11
2 Justin Rose   England 65-70-68=203 −10
T3 Brooks Koepka   United States 69-69-68=206 −7
Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 66-70-70=206
Chez Reavie   United States 68-70-68=206
6 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 68-69-70=207 −6
T7 Chesson Hadley   United States 68-70-70=208 −5
Matt Kuchar   United States 69-69-70=208
T9 Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 69-70-70=209 −4
Jon Rahm   Spain 69-70-70=209
Henrik Stenson   Sweden 68-71-70=209
Matt Wallace   England 70-68-71=209
Danny Willett   England 71-71-67=209

Amateurs: Wu (−2), Hovland (E), Eaton (+2), Thorbjornsen (+15)

Source:[11]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 16, 2019

SummaryEdit

Gary Woodland, who came into the final round with a one-shot lead, birdied two of his first three holes and, despite a bogey at the 9th, still led by two making the turn. Brooks Koepka was four-under through five holes but failed to birdie the par-5 6th from a greenside bunker and missed a six-foot putt for birdie at the 7th to trail by two going to the back-nine. At the par-5 14th hole, Woodland went for the green from 264 yards out, his 3-wood just clearing the bunker in front of the green and settling on the hill to the left of the green where he was able to make birdie. Koepka, meanwhile, failed to birdie the same hole after driving into the rough and hitting his third shot onto the same hill.[20]

Woodland sinking the winning putt followed by the trophy presentation

Still leading by two heading to the par-3 17th, Woodland's tee shot finished on the fringe, 90 feet away from the hole. Forced to chip because of the mound dividing the green, he got his second shot to within 3 feet to save par. Koepka's approach at the par-5 18th went over the green where he failed to get up-and-down for birdie, missing a 9-foot putt to finish at 10-under. Now needing only a bogey at the last to win, Woodland hit an iron off the tee and laid up with his second shot. His third found the green 30 feet to the right of the flag, and he made the putt to shoot a final-round 69 (−2) and finish three shots ahead of Koepka at 13-under.[21][22]

Justin Rose, one back at the start of the round, played his final 11 holes in 4-over and fell back to a tie for third place with Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie, and Xander Schauffele. Amateur Viktor Hovland finished at 4-under 280, breaking Jack Nicklaus's record for lowest score by an amateur in the U.S. Open; he finished tied for 12th, which was the best by an amateur since Jim Simons tied for 5th in 1971.[23]

Final leaderboardEdit

Champion
Silver Cup winner (leading amateur)
(a) = amateur
(c) = past champion

Note: Top 10 and ties qualify for the 2020 U.S. Open; top 4 and ties qualify for the 2020 Masters Tournament

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Gary Woodland   United States 68-65-69-69=271 −13 2,250,000
2 Brooks Koepka (c)   United States 69-69-68-68=274 −10 1,350,000
T3 Jon Rahm   Spain 69-70-70-68=277 −7 581,872
Chez Reavie   United States 68-70-68-71=277
Justin Rose (c)   England 65-70-68-74=277
Xander Schauffele   United States 66-73-71-67=277
T7 Louis Oosthuizen   South Africa 66-70-70-72=278 −6 367,387
Adam Scott   Australia 70-69-71-68=278
T9 Chesson Hadley   United States 68-70-70-71=279 −5 288,715
Rory McIlroy (c)   Northern Ireland 68-69-70-72=279
Henrik Stenson   Sweden 68-71-70-70=279
Source:[11]

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5
  Woodland −11 −12 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −12 −12 −12 −11 −11 −12 −12 −12 −12 −13
  Koepka −8 −8 −9 −10 −11 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10
  Rahm −5 −4 −4 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −7
  Reavie −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7
  Rose −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7
  Schauffele −4 −4 −4 −5 −6 −7 −7 −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7
  Oosthuizen −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −7 −7 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6
  Scott −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −6 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9 −7 −8 −8 −7 −6 −6
  Hadley −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −3 −4 −5 −5
  McIlroy −6 −4 −4 −5 −4 −5 −6 −5 −5 −5 −6 −5 −6 −6 −6 −4 −4 −5
  Stenson −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −6 −7 −7 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −5 −5 −5

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

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2019 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
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