Woodland captures first major at US Open

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Gary Woodland US Open champion

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 16: Gary Woodland of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 16, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Gary Woodland won his career major on Sunday taking home the U.S. Open. Woodland held off defending champion Brooks Koepka by three shots to capture the title.

“I’ve worked hard my whole life, I’ve been surrounded by amazing people, and I always just wanted to be successful,” the Shawnee Heights graduate said in his press conference following the win. “I didn’t know what it was or what I was going to do. I fell in love with golf, and it’s transcended to today. It all kind of came out in me. I never let myself get ahead all day, just kept telling myself ‘It’s never over, it’s never over, it’s never over’ and when that last putt went in, it kind of all came out. To be honest, I was more nervous afterwards than I was at all today, so I’m glad it’s over with.”

The Topeka native entered the day at 11 under par and finished the tournament at 13 under par. He birdied four times on Sunday. His 271 score is the lowest ever in the US Open at Pebble Beach.

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