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


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. 

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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

U.S. Open 2019: Past major champions ready to track down Gary Woodland


U.S. Open 2019: Past major champions ready to track down Gary Woodland

PEBBLE BEACH -- No, the Sunday Tiger roars won't be causing ripples in Stillwater Cove at the 2019 U.S. Open. But that doesn't mean the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open isn't set up for high drama. 

After firing a third-round 2-under-par 69, Gary Woodland leads the pack at 11-under, with Justin Rose one shot back. 

Woodland will go to bed Saturday with 18 holes standing between him and major championship glory. But securing that feat will be no easy task. 

When the final round descends on Pebble Beach, four past major champions will be within five strokes of Woodland, each looking to track down the 35-year-old and add to their own illustrious golf resumes. 

Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka sits four shots back as does 2010 British Open winner and four-time major runner-up Louis Oosthuizen. Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy will begin the day five shots back. Rose, as mentioned, is just one shot off the pace. 

While Woodland will stand on the first tee having the Sunday lead a major for the first time, his pursuers know what they need to do to close the gap. 

"Just keep doing what I'm doing," Kopeka said on his approach to Sunday. "Obviously whatever I'm doing is working. I don't know how many back I'm going to be. Trying to be three back going into the back nine, you never know from there, see what happens. Make a couple of birdies, put some pressure on guys.

"Yeah, I feel good. I feel like if I can just make a few putts, I feel like I could be right there, right next to Gary. And it's been very close. I'm pleased how I'm playing. I'm pleased how I'm striking the ball. And I feel as confident as ever right now."

McIlroy, fresh off a Sunday-61 in last week's Canadian Open win, knows he can't go out looking to be too aggressive.

"It's definitely not a golf course or a golf tournament where you can go chasing," McIlroy said. "And, yeah, I have to -- it's -- even though I'm still a few off the lead, it's a wonderful opportunity for me to go out there and I guess try to add to my major tally.

"I've been very pleased with how I've played all week. I feel, for the most part, today I did the right things. And I need to do 18 more holes of that, but just get a little bit more out of the round tomorrow than I did today."

Rose answered every big shot Woodland made Saturday with one of his own. During his 2013 U.S. Open win, Rose trailed by two shots after the third round but was the last man standing after the carnage at Merion took out Phil Mickelson in the final round. 

The Englishman is very comfortable with where he's at. 

"One back gives me the freedom to feel like I've got everything to gain, nothing to lose," Rose said. "It's always a position that -- it doesn't mean I have to approach the day any differently, if I was one ahead. I'm close enough that I have to build my plan, build my round of golf, be disciplined.

"I'm not chasing, really, I'm so close to Gary that I have to go out and play my game tomorrow. And I think it's going to be dictated by the pin placements and the weather tomorrow as to how aggressive you can be and what it will take to win."

Oosthuizen will go into Sunday with a no-pressure mentality. 

"For us trailing, it's a little bit better feeling sort of giving it a better go," the 2010 British Open champion said. "You don't have that pressure of the lead. And just go with everything tomorrow. If you think you can take something on, take it on. And if you want to win the championship, you need to do that tomorrow."

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Koepka is eyeing a U.S. Open three-peat. Something that hasn't been done in over 100 years. Rose, McIlroy and Oosthuizen each are looking to break long-standing major droughts. Each has the game to conquer Pebble Beach and run down Woodland on Sunday. 

A star-studded leaderboard at one of the world's most iconic venues. Sunday should be one for the books. 

U.S. Open 2019: History says one of these 10 golfers will win major title


U.S. Open 2019: History says one of these 10 golfers will win major title

PEBBLE BEACH -- Through 36 holes at the 2019 U.S. Open, Pebble Beach hasn't played like a typical U.S. Open course. 

With help from a blazing hot putter, Gary Woodland fired a second-round 65 to take the solo lead at 9-under-par Friday at the iconic venue. He's two shots clear of Justin Rose, three ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and four ahead of Rory McIlroy and Aaron Wise. There are 45 players currently sitting at even par or better. 

It hasn't played like a typical U.S. Open, but that doesn't mean we can't look at history to tell us who likely will be lifting the hardware on the 18th green come Sunday. 

In 22 of the past 23 U.S. Opens, the winner has been inside the top six after the second round. Only Webb Simpson, who took home the title at Olympic Club in 2012, was outside the top six when moving day began. 

At the conclusion of Friday's round, there are 10 players tied for sixth or better: Woodland, Rose, Oosthuizen, McIlroy, Wise, Chez Reavie, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka and Matt Wallace. 

Now, to whittle that down even further, if you like, 21 of the past 23 champions also have been within two strokes of the lead after Friday. 

That, of course, leaves us with just Woodland and Rose, who will be Saturday's final pairing. 

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While history is a useful tool to try and predict the future, both Woodland and Rose have been boosted by their short game through two rounds. Woodland (7.16) and Rose (6.31) are first and third, respectively, in Strokes Gained: Putting through the first 36 holes. While both players have been wielding the flat stick with aplomb, neither have had the sharpest iron play. Woodland ranks 38th (1.73) and Rose ranks 76th (.13) in Strokes Gained: Approach after two rounds. Woodland did strike the ball well Friday, though, picking up 2.07 stokes on the field on approach. 

For comparison, two-time defending champion Koepka, who is five shots back, leads the field in Strokes Gained: Approach, picking up 5.82 strokes on the field with his irons. Kopeka, however, is ranked 117th in Strokes Gained: Putting, losing 1.32 strokes on the field when on the green. 

U.S. Open history appears to be favoring Woodland and Rose, but putting can flip in an instant. With the USGA no doubt preparing to toughen the course, the leaderboard could be in for a massive shake-up Saturday,