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Gary Woodland Holds off Brooks Koepka to Win First Ever Major in US Open at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 16: Gary Woodland of the United States plays a shot from the 16th tee during the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 16, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Despite a tremendous comeback effort by defending champion Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland (-13) was able to hold him off to win the 119th US Open. More importantly, Woodland secured his first ever major win.

Even with Koepka (-10) and Justin Rose (-7) nipping at his heels, Woodland was dominant throughout his stay at Pebble Beach.

In fact, he held the 36-hole and 54-hole leads at the US Open. Prior to the tournament, Woodland was 0-for-7 in converting 54-hole leads into victories. That all changed on Sunday.

Woodland would bogey on the 12th hole and have a bit of a scare on the 13th, but it didn't deter him. The 35-year-old hit a birdie on hole 14 to extend his lead over Koepka by two shots.

Woodland hit the dagger with a long birdie on the 18th hole to hold back the defending champ and earn his first ever major win.

The US Open had tight competition and a clutch swing, just what any golf fan would have wanted.