Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka's bid for U.S. Open history comes up short at Pebble Beach

Brooks Koepka's bid for U.S. Open history comes up short at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH -- It was like a scene from an old horror movie. The giant beast rises from the water, prepared to destroy everything in his path. Nothing can stop it.

Such was the scene at Pebble Beach on Sunday. With the late tee times going off, golf's Godzilla emerged on the first tee clad in a blue Nike pullover, a wad of chewing tobacco packed in his lip. 

There Brooks Koepka stood, ready to add Pebble Beach to a list of courses he's eviscerated en route to a major championship. A list that includes Shinnecock Hills, Bethpage Black, Bellerive and Erin Hills. 

Unfazed by the pressure of being four shots back on a U.S. Open Sunday. Unbothered by the enormity of the task of winning three straight U.S. Opens. Koepka stuck his tee in the ground on the first tee, and his unstoppable rampage began. 

He birdied No.1. Then, after losing his tee shot into the hospitality area on No. 2, it appeared Godzilla had met a roadblock.

Once again, Koepka didn't flinch. 

His recovery shot found the deep rough on the lip of the bunker that splits the second hole. But Koepka muscled his third shot out of the spinach to within five feet of the hole. A ho-hum par. 

The beast marched on. 

Birdies at three, four and five brought Koepka to 11-under for the tournament, on the precipice of overtaking leader Gary Woodland. History was within his grasp.

But eventually, someone discovers a way to slay the beast. Sometimes he stops himself. 

After paring six and seven, Koepka bogeyed No. 8. Godzilla can bleed. 

Meanwhile, Woodland kept grinding out pars, never giving Koepka an opening. The four-time major winner would have to make a move on the back nine in order to complete his destruction of another U.S. Open field.

After a birdie at 11, Koepka bogeyed 12 but remained only one shot back of Woodland. 

Koepka struck the ball beautifully all week, but he couldn't get the putts to fall. As he parred his way through the back nine, Godzilla started to stumble, and on 18, when his putt to get to 11-under darted in front of the hole, he fell back into the Pacific Ocean.

His quest for three straight U.S. Opens would come up three strokes shy of Woodland, who birdied 18 to finish at 13 under. Koepka became the first golfer in history to shoot four rounds in the 60s in a U.S. Open and not take home the trophy.

"It doesn't sting," Koepka said after the round. "I played great. Nothing I could do. I gave it my all. I give it my all every time and sometimes, like this week -- it happened at Augusta -- it's not meant to be. I played great. I hit every shot that I wanted to. And sometimes no matter how good your good is it isn't there."

Koepka has become the big-game hunter over the past two years. Arriving at major championships with an icy demeanor and the lone goal of eviscerating the field with his brute strength and unwavering will.

Sometimes the monster gets beat. Woodland was triumphant Sunday, doing what few have been able to do recently and only he has been able to do in the last three U.S. Opens: beat Brooks. 

[RELATED: Woodland achieves Father's Day dream with U.S. Open win]

The U.S. Open leaves Pebble Beach with Koepka's name half carved into the lone tree in the 18th fairway. He was a few rolls of his putter from U.S. Open history.

From achieving it at this iconic venue, where the Pacific Ocean kisses the rocks and time melts away as quickly as the water from the shoreline of Stillwater Cove. 

"Yeah, it's cool. It's an awesome theater," Koepka said of Pebble Beach. "Anytime that you can play in a place that's as beautiful as this, it's pretty neat. You look out to the left and you've got the Pacific and you see all the fans on the right, it's a unique place. All the history behind it and to play a major championship here is quite special. Even you play the AT&T here it's a cool feeling. And it's one I can't wait to get back to."

Gary Woodland won the day. 

But Brooks Koepka, like Godzilla, is bound to return. 

U.S. Open 2019 live stream: Watch final round at Pebble Beach online

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U.S. Open 2019 live stream: Watch final round at Pebble Beach online

It all comes down to this -- 18 holes left to major championship glory. 

Gary Woodland, after posting a third-round 2-under-par 69, holds the lead at the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a score of 11-under-par. Justin Rose is one shot back at 10-under. 

The 35-year-old Woodland is in search of his first major title, but he'll have to hold off a hard-charging pack of past major champions in order to lift the hardware on the 18th green on Sunday. 

Brooks Koepka (7-under), Louis Oosthuizen (7-under) and Rory McIlroy (6-under) are within shouting distance of the leader, along with Rose who will go off in the final pairing with Woodland at 2:30 p.m. PT. 

Tiger Woods, on the other hand, grinded out an even-par 71 on Saturday and currently sits 11 shots back of Woodland at even par. He will not be a factor on Sunday. 

[RELATED: Rory responds to idea Pebble Beach is playing easy]

Here's how you can watch the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open online:

When: Sunday, June 16th, starting at 11 a.m. PT
Live Stream: FOXSportsGo

U.S. Open 2019: Tee times, pairings for final round at Pebble Beach

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U.S. Open 2019: Tee times, pairings for final round at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH — Gary Woodland is 18 holes away from major championship glory. 

The 35-year-old backed up his impressive opening two rounds at the U.S. Open with a 2-under-par 69 on Saturday at Pebble Beach for a total of 11-under par. He leads Justin Rose by one stroke. Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie are all four shots back.

Tiger Woods, who again carded an even-par round, sits 11 shots back and will not be a factor Sunday. 

[RELATED: Kopeka, Rose, Rory ready to track down Woodland at Pebble]

Here are the tee times and pairings for the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open (all times Pacific Standard).

8:21 a.m. – Michael Thorbjornsen (a)
8:32 a.m. – Bernd Wiesberger, Justin Walters
8:43 a.m. – Cameron Smith, Chip McDaniel
8:54 a.m. – Charlie Danielson, Luke Donald
8:05 a.m. – Kyle Stanley, Zach Johnson
8:16 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Andy Pope
8:27 a.m. – Marcus Kinhult, Brian Stuard
8:38 a.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Brandt Snedeker
8:49 a.m. – Clement Sordet, Daniel Berger
9:00 a.m. – Andrew Putnam, Adri Arnaus
9:11 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, Aaron Wise
9:22 a.m. – Sepp Straka, Harris English
9:33 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III
9:44 a.m. – Emiliano Grillo, Rory Sabbatini
9:55 a.m. – Billy Hurley III, Bryson DeChambeau
10:06 a.m. – Collin Morikawa, Erik Van Rooyen
10:17 a.m. – Patrick Reed, Carlos Ortiz
10:28 a.m. – Paul Casey, Webb Simpson
10:39 a.m. – Chandler Eaton (a), Tom Hoge
10:50 a.m. – Martin Kaymer, Rhys Enoch
11:01 a.m. – Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth
11:12 a.m. – Jason Dufner, Billy Horschel
11:23 a.m. – Rickie Fowler, Alex Prugh
11:34 a.m. – Nick Taylor, Shane Lowry
11:45 a.m. – Haotong Li, Viktor Hovland (a)
11:56 a.m. – Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman
12:07 p.m. – Jason Day, Tyrrell Hatton
12:18 p.m. – Jim Furyk, Matt Fitzpatrick
12:29 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay
12:40 p.m. – Scott Piercy, Francesco Molinari
12:51 p.m. – Dustin Johnson, Brandon Wu (a)
1:02 p.m. – Nate Lashley, Abraham Ancer
1:13 p.m. – Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele
1:24 p.m. – Byeong Hun An, Matt Wallace
1:35 p.m. – Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm
1:46 p.m. – Graeme McDowell, Danny Willett
1:57 p.m. – Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar
2:08 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen
2:19 p.m. – Chez Reavie, Brooks Koepka
2:30 p.m. – Justin Rose, Gary Woodland