Monday, 17 June 2019
Justin Rose congratulates Gary Woodland on the 18th green  (Getty Images)
Justin Rose congratulates Gary Woodland on the 18th green (Getty Images)

Gary Woodland claimed his first Major title on Sunday after he won the 119th U.S. Open Championship by three strokes ahead of two time defending champion Brooks Koepka.

World Number One Koepka was aiming to win the crown for a third successive year but fell just short in his bid for a fifth Major title in his last nine appearances.

Here, we look back at some of the memorable moments from the week at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Sabbatini has an ace week

Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini got the biggest cheer of the opening day as he made a hole-in-one at the par three 12th. He saw his tee shot take a bounce on the edge of the green, another bounce on the green and then fly straight into the cup. Sabbatini's ace was not only the 16th of the season but the 45th in U.S. Open history and the eighth at Pebble Beach.

Enoch enjoys weekend at the Beach

Qualifier Rhys Enoch proved you can achieve anything when you put your mind to it as he made a remarkable recovery at Pebble Beach. The Welshman started the week with a chest infection and, to make things even more difficult, shot a seven over par 78 in his first round. His chances of playing over the weekend looked bleak but Enoch rallied on Friday to post a brilliant 66 - only Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Gary Woodland have ever gone lower in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach - and make the cut on the mark of two over par before outscoring 2018 Masters Tournament Champion Patrick Reed in the third round.

Stenson lies down on the job

Henrik Stenson has long been known as one of the European Tour's great jokers but he must have feared a serious situation when his second shot on the 16th struck a spectator on the head. When the Swede went up to see if the fan was OK, he found him laid on the ground but, happily, all was well and the 2016 Open Championship winner was invited to lie down next to the fan and have a selfie taken.

Almost déjà vu for Rose

The former World Number One claimed his first and only Major Championship crown to date at the 2013 U.S. Open on the East Course at Merion Golf Club. The Englishman tasted victory on June 16 on that occasion and he came close to replicating that feat at Pebble Beach exactly six years later. He started the final round one shot behind Woodland but could not close in on the American as he won his maiden Major Championship, with Rose finishing in a tie for third on seven under.

History-making Hovland

Viktor Hovland made history by just teeing it up in California as he became the first Norwegian to play at the U.S. Open following his one-sided victory at the U.S. Amateur Championship at the same venue last year. The 21-year-old, who will now turn professional, started with a 69 before making the cut, despite carding a second round 73. A level par 71 followed before he capped his final round as an amateur with six birdies and two bogeys to break Jack Nicklaus' record for the lowest 72 hole score at the U.S. Open by an amateur. He said of his achievement: "It's obviously cool to perform such a thing. And I hope that I can feed off of this going into my professional career and do more things like this and be in contention of winning tournaments."

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