Gary Woodland is a major champion for the first time, as the 35-year-old golfer has won the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in California.
The Kansas native came into Sunday with the lead and he never gave it up, finishing at -13 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka, who had won the previous two U.S. Opens.
Woodland secured his win on the 18th hole with a birdie, but he really clinched it with an absurd chip on the 17th hole.
The first-time major champion’s shot into the par three was dozens of feet away from the hole. At the time, he led Koepka, who had finished, by just two strokes. Woodland seemed to be in great risk of giving back a shot and heading into the par-five No. 18 needing a par to secure it.
Woodland came through with an incredible chip on the 17th hole to save par.
When he needed it most.@GaryWoodland wows with the wedge.
He'll take a 2-shot lead to 18. pic.twitter.com/H522Q3AUFx
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 17, 2019
Woodland, who played collegiately at Kansas, then made it look easy on No. 18, sinking a long birdie putt too wrap up his tournament.
Next up on the major golf schedule is the British Open, set to be played at Royal Portrush, starting on July 18.