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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods is out of contention but looking to finish things on a high note Sunday in the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

We’ll be tracking every shot from Woods’ final round of the 2019 U.S. Open. Follow along for live shot-by-shot updates and analysis.

Hole 4: Par 4, 324 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:38 p.m.): Just an iron here, safely in the fairway, on to the next.

APPROACH SHOT (12:41 p.m.): Short again. Landed the ball on the green but it spins back off the putting surface. Only 110 yards but he’s been slightly off on those types of shots all week it seems.

AROUND THE GREEN:

Hole 3: Par 4, 407 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:23 p.m.): That’ll work. Good swing with 3-wood and he’s on the fairway, needs to stop the bleeding here with a good iron shot.

APPROACH SHOT (12:28 p.m.): Not bad at all to a tough pin tucked on the right side of the green. Woods keeps it well left but on the green about pin-high, birdie putt coming up.

ON THE GREEN (12:30 p.m.): Nope. Hammered that one and now another par putt that requires his serious attention. Not good. Brings caddie Joe LaCava in to take a look at that four-footer and drains it for par. Off the bogey train at least.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 3 (2 over overall)

Hole 2: Par 4, 523 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:10 p.m.): Beauty with a 3-wood. Low trajectory straight down the middle of the fairway with some significant rollout. Looks like the fairways are playing much, much faster than earlier in the week.

APPROACH SHOT (12:13 p.m.): On the green but well short again, looks like a somewhat tricky lag putt coming up.

ON THE GREEN (12:18 p.m.): Indeed it was a tricky lag, so much so that he opted to chip it from on the green. Put it inside five feet from there but missed the comebacker. Gonna be a bogey-bogey start to suck the life out of the galleries.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 2 (2 over overall)

Hole 1: Par 4, 386 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:57 a.m.): Misses the first fairway for the second day in a row but the lie is much better today, sitting up in the first cut. Shouldn’t have much trouble getting it to the green from there.

APPROACH SHOT (12:01 p.m.): Nine-iron comes up a yard or too short, doesn’t get a good bounce and stays off the green in front. Sums up the entire week right there, just a little bit off.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:04 p.m.): Again, not his best. Didn’t have much on the chip shot and it’s well short of the hole. Needs to make a putt here to avoid opening with bogey for the second day in a row.

ON THE GREEN (12:06 p.m.): Nope. Misses the par putt and that’s not the start he was hoping for. Obviously.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 1 (1 over overall)

Pre-round

Woods is even for the week after an even-par 71 in Round 3, during which he struggled with his irons at times and couldn’t get much going on the greens. It’s been that kind of week, Woods playing well for stretches but failing to capitalize on the scorecard.

He’s 11 shots behind leader Gary Woodland entering Sunday’s 2:56 p.m. tee time alongside Marc Leishman, with whom Woods has played a lot of golf since his comeback. This will be their 10th competitive round together since the 2018 Masters and it’s been a productive one for Leishman – his average score is 68.45 when paired with Woods. He’s only failed to break par one time, carding a 2-over 73 last fall at the Northern Trust. Woods shot a 5-under 66 his last time out with Leishman in Round 2 of the Dell Technologies Championship.

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On Saturday, getting hit by a golf ball didn’t just leave a bruise, it left a lasting memory.

In the third round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, an errant shot by Henrik Stenson on the 16th hole struck a fan, knocking him to the ground after hitting him in the head. As Stenson walked over to check on the injured fan, a medical team attended to the man’s injuries as he lay on the ground.

After the round, Stenson said the fan was taking selfies of himself lying on the ground when Stenson approached and seemed to be in good spirits. So Stenson joined in on the fun.

“I walk up to him. I said, ‘I’m sorry.’ What else can you say?” Stenson said after finishing the third round 1-under 70. “And he says, ‘Can you do me one favor? Can I take a picture with you?’ So next thing I’m down on the ground as well, taking a picture, a selfie, laying down with him and his girlfriend.”

Stenson said he was unsure of the fan’s condition or if he had a concussion, but he asked for the fan’s contact information to check up on him later.

“I might send him more than just one golf ball next time,” Stenson said. “I might send him a couple dozen or something to try to make up for my poor shot.”

Stenson entered Sunday T-9 at 4 under, seven strokes behind leader Gary Woodland.

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Gary Woodland holds a 1-shot lead over Justin entering the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links Sunday.

Woodland shot an impressive 69 beneath Saturday cloudy skies as he and Rose beat up each other and just about the rest of the field.

Woodland (-11) and Rose (-10) will be the final pairing again Sunday.

But they’re not alone among those who could win the championship. Brooks Koepka stands tantalizingly close to a U.S. Open three-peat. He is tied with Chez Reavie and Louis Oosthuizen for third place at 7-under.

U.S. OPEN: Tiger Tracker | Tee times | Scores

Final Round Live Blog

All times are Eastern.

3:41 p.m.: Billy Horschel has jumped to T-14 at 3 under after recording three straight birdies on holes 5-7. Horschel shot a 71 Saturday and is 4 under through seven holes in Sunday’s final round.

3:24 p.m.: Tom Hoge recorded birdies on the fifth, sixth and eighth holes. Hoge is T-23 at 1 under.

3 p.m.: Bryson DeChambeau finished the front nine 3 under with three birdies, an eagle and two bogeys. DeChambeau is T-27 at even par.

2:35 p.m.: Marcus Kinhult is T-27 at even par after recording another birdie on the 15th hole. He 5 under on the round through 15 holes.

1:35 p.m.: Aaron Wise is T-27 at even par after recording four birdies in his first six holes. Wise is 3 under on the round through six holes.

1:32 p.m.: Marcus Kinhult is 4 under on the round after a birdie on the 10th hole. Kinhult’s second stroke from the right fairway landed on the right green, just over feet from the hole. Kinhult is T-34 at 1 over.

12:45 p.m.: Marcus Kinhult is 3 under on the round after a birdie on the sixth hole. Kinhalt, who has three birdies Sunday, is T-42 at 2 over.

12:23 p.m.: Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen finished the front nine with a double bogey to sit 3 over on the round. Thorbjornsen, who teed off first Sunday, is in 79th at 18 over.

12 p.m.:  Zach Johnson is 2 under on the round after recording back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes. Johnson is T-48 at 3 over after shooting a 79 Saturday with four bogeys, two double bogeys and two birdies.

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Hole locations for the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. (USGA)

U.S. Open: Final Round TV/Streaming

All times listed are ET. Check your local TV provider for more.

Morning Drive, 7-10 a.m., Golf Channel

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Golf Channel

Final round, 2-10 p.m., Fox

Featured Groups 1 and 2 and Featured Holes, 2 – 9 p.m., usopen.com and the U.S. Open app

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open, 10 p.m.-midnight, Golf Channel

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You’ve seen the video. Probably watched it a dozen times. In all, it has more than 20 million views on social media.

Phoenix golfer Amy Bockerstette, who has Down syndrome, played the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale the week of Waste Management Phoenix Open with Gary Woodland.

After Bockerstette hit her tee shot in a bunker, she confidently says ‘I got this’ and proceeded to chip out to about 10 feet.

Then, on the green, Woodland asks: “You got it?”

Without hesitation, Bockerstette replies: “Yes, I got this.”

And then, of course, she drains the putt.

Par from the bunker, and Woodland’s excitement was genuine and real. He simply cannot contain himself, laughing and exclaiming “That is so awesome!”

Bockerstette has golf balls stamped with ‘I got this’ in pink letters. You could call it her catch phrase.

Fast-forward four and a half months and it’s now Bockerstette telling Woodland: “You got this.”

On Saturday, before his third round, she tweeted the message to Woodland.

When everyone went to bed on Saturday night, Woodland was the third-round leader at the U.S. Open. He is up one shot on Justin Rose. He’s never been in this position before, holding the solo lead heading into the final round of a major championship.

Outside of his family, you probably won’t find anyone rooting harder for Woodland on Sunday than Amy Bockerstette.

Full disclosure: Golfweek is honoring Amy’s dad Joe as Golfweek’s 2019 Father of the Year. It’s a fitting award, no doubt.

And now, Woodland is in position to win the U.S. Open. On Father’s Day.

It’s all just a coincidence.

Right?

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Gary Woodland leads the 2019 U.S. Open by one stroke and seems well positioned to win the U.S. Open and his first major. But the 35-year-old will have to hold off a strong list of contenders including Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.

Just some of the potential scenarios for Sunday at Pebble Beach, in no particular order:

The sun comes out, wind howls like 1992 all over again, Woods wins

Unlike Colin Montgomerie in 1992, who passed 25 players and was congratulated by Jack Nicklaus as the likely winner (only to finish third to Tom Kite), Woods tees off at 11:56 am, birdies his first six holes and posts 64. Afterwards he is interviewed by Joel Klatt and says he’s leaving as there is no chance Rosey, Brooksy, or Oosty will come back to -7.  But strong sea breezes knock out the entire top ten as Woods was boarding his jet at the Monterey airport. He is called back and the Goodyear Blimp covers his police escort from the airport to accept his fourth U.S. Open trophy.

U.S. OPEN: TV info | Photos | Leaderboard | Tee times

Oosthuizen, Reavie head to sudden-death playoff

The sun finally comes out at Pebble Beach, winds off the Pacific kick up and the leaderboard’s two most notorious grinders survive a tough final round tied. Both players began the day four back and after all the big names fold, head to the 17th tee for the first playoff since the USGA eliminated the 18-hole Monday playoff. Oosthuizen birdies 18 to win in front of USGA and Lodge employees gathered near the green to make up for grandstands having emptied after regulation play ended.

Gary Woodland survives, agent Steinberg mulls amazing offer

Long cited by fanboy announcers as one of the tour’s great athletes who missed his calling as a basketball star, Gary Woodland cruises to a three-stroke victory. Hearing the announcers praise his athletic skills and facing a Finals roster depleted by serious injury, Warriors GM Bob Myers drives down from Oakland and can be seen behind the 18th green negotiating with Woodland agent Mark Steinberg on a free-agent deal. Steph Curry shows up to woo Woodland and Brooks Koepka immediately tells assembled press that he’s offended after being slighted once again.

Justin Rose wins second U.S. Open, celebrates in memorable fashion

The winner at Merion finds his ball-striking and turns in an impeccable final round 68 to beat Woodland by two and decides to celebrate by throwing USGA CEO Mike Davis and course setup head man John Bodenhammer into the Pacific Ocean before jumping in. It’s a nod to Jerry Pate, Deane Beman and Pete Dye at the Players and is almost as dramatic until the trio are unable to figure out a way back up the cliffs, delaying the trophy ceremony 30 minutes.

Brooks Koepka wins third U.S. Open in a row after finding new source of motivation

Not since 1905 and Willie Anderson has anyone captured three U.S. Open’s in a row, but Koepka finally drains several putts after coming so close during Saturday’s 68. After the round, he says he was motivated to play well Sunday by some bad lighting on his pearly whites during a Fox post-third round interview. “Someone should be fired for making my teeth look that yellow,” Koepka says in his post round press conference.

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Gary Woodland flexed his golf muscles on moving day at Pebble Beach Golf Links and enters the final round of the U.S. Open with the lead for the first time in his career Sunday

He is 1 shot up on Justin Rose. They will make up the final pairing again on Sunday and go out at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Three golfers are tied for third at 7-under: two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie.

Here are the U.S. Open Final Round tee times and pairings.

Don’t forget to follow our Final Round Tiger Tracker Sunday when it goes live. Woods tees off with Marc Leishman at 2:56 p.m. ET.

U.S. OPEN: Woodland holds 54-hole lead | ‘Achy’ Tiger Woes | Scores

All times listed are Eastern.

U.S. Open: Tee Times – Final Round

1st Tee – Sunday

Tee Times (ET) Players
10:21 a.m. Michael Thorbjornsen (a)
10:32 a.m.
Bernd Wiesberger, Justin Walters
10:43 a.m. Cameron Smith, Chip McDaniel
10:54 a.m.
Charlie Danielson, Luke Donald
11:05 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Zach Johnson
11:16 a.m. Kevin Kisner, Andy Pope
11:27 a.m. Marcus Kinhult, Brian Stuard
11:38 a.m. Rafa Cabrera Bello, Brandt Snedeker
11:49 a.m. Clement Sordet, Daniel Berger
12 p.m. Andrew Putnam, Adri Arnaus
12:11 p.m. Tommy Fleetwood, Aaron Wise
12:22 p.m. Sepp Straka, Harris English
12:33 p.m. Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III
12:44 p.m. Emiliano Grillo, Rory Sabbatini
12:55 p.m. Billy Hurley III, Bryson DeChambeau
1:06 p.m. Collin Morikawa, Erik Van Rooyen
1:17 p.m. Patrick Reed, Carlos Ortiz
1:28 p.m. Paul Casey, Webb Simpson
1:39 p.m. Chandler Eaton (a), Tom Hoge
1:50 p.m. Martin Kaymer, Rhys Enoch
2:01 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth
2:12 p.m. Jason Dufner, Billy Horschel
2:23 p.m. Rickie Fowler, Alex Prugh
2:34 p.m. Nick Taylor, Shane Lowry
2:45 p.m. Haotong Li, Viktor Hovland (a)
2:56 p.m. Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman
3:07 p.m.. Jason Day, Tyrrell Hatton
3:18 p.m. Jim Furyk, Matt Fitzpatrick
3:29 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay
3:40 p.m. Scott Piercy, Francesco Molinari
3:51 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Brandon Wu (a)
4:02 p.m. Nate Lashley, Abraham Ancer
4:13 p.m. Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele
4:24 p.m. Byeong Hun An, Matt Wallace
4:35 p.m. Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm
4:46 p.m Graeme McDowell, Danny Willett
4:57 p.m Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar
5:08 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen
5:19 p.m. Chez Reavie, Brooks Koepka
5:30 p.m. Justin Rose, Gary Woodland

U.S. Open: Final Round TV, Streaming

All times listed are ET. Check your local TV provider for more.

Morning Drive, 7-10 a.m., Golf Channel

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Golf Channel

Final round, 2-10 p.m., Fox

Featured Groups 1 and 2 and Featured Holes, 2 – 9 p.m., usopen.com and the U.S. Open app

Golf Central Live From the U.S. Open, 10 p.m.-midnight, Golf Channel

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Tiger Woods will always have 2000.

His 2019 trip to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach has become a second consecutive forgettable major following his historic win at Augusta two months ago.

Woods was stuck in neutral throughout moving day. Saturday, he missed the fairway on No. 1 for the first time in this tournament, bogeyed that hole and never recovered in terms of his play or mindset.

He shot an ever-par 71 for Round 3 and is even for the tournament after 54 holes. Woods is at 213 after three rounds. His U.S. Open best at Pebble was a record 15-shot victory at 272 back in 2000. He’d need to shoot a 59 Sunday to replicate that total this year.

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Woods continued to struggle with his irons Saturday. Among the cringeworthy moments: a missed green from 120 yards out on the par-3, No. 3 and a another on the par-3, 98-yard, 7th hole.

“I got off to a crap start,” Woods told Joel Klatt of Fox during his post-round interview on Fox.

He flirted with momentum with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 4 & 5. He later drilled a 27-footer for birdie at the long No. 16.

Here is some of what Woods said after his round of 71 on Saturday.

On his start

“I was just saying in there I got off to a crap start. 2-under through 3, and those are the easier holes. And I had to try to fight back and claw out a round today, which I was able to do.”

On the conditions on Saturday vs. Friday

“A little bit faster today, for sure. They were able to get some mowers on the fairways, and they were a little bit quicker. I think they did a great job of setting it up so that we can make birdies. And if you do miss them on the wrong spot then you still can get up and down here, which is not always the case.”

On the excessive number of downhill putts

“Today I made 1-putt at 16 which was just trying to keep the ball on the green. But if I had an uphill putt I seemed to make them. You’re able to take out the bounciness of this poa. Putting downhill it’s moving all over the place. So if you’re able to hit the ball in the correct spots or leave the chips — you’d much rather have a 10-footer coming back up the hill than a four or five footer coming back down the hill.”

On the KP tape on his neck and any injuries

“When it’s cold like this everything is achy. It’s just part of the deal.”

On how it relates to his previous injury this year that kept him out of Bay Hill

“It’s all the same. It’s been like that for years. The forces have to go somewhere. And if they’re not in the lower back, they’re in the neck, and if not, they’re in the mid-back and if not they go to the knee. You name it . . . I’ve had my chances to post good rounds today, this week. Today was a perfect example, I fought back and if I was able to clean up my rounds the first two days, I would be closer to the lead than I am now.”

On how is his back impacts his swing

“As I say my back impacts every shot I play, it’s just part of the deal. Let me put it this way, I feel every shot I hit. I think that’s always going to be the place from here going forward.”

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson posted his worst score of the week so far with a 75 on Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Then he had kind words for the USGA.

It was another Mickelson day, with plenty of good and some really bad.

The good?

How about a massive 370-drive on the ninth hole, leaving him with a wedge to the green on the 525-yard hole. He would hit the green in two and two-putt for par.

U.S. OPEN: TV info | Photos | Leaderboard | Tee times

On 12, Mickelson hit an amazing iron to the 202-yard 12th hole to about 3 feet. That set up a birdie but it was only one of the two birdies he would card on the day.

Then came the back nine, which was littered with bogeys on Nos. 11, 14 and 17 and capped off with a triple-bogey 8 on the closing hole after he drove his tee shot into the ocean.

That put him at T-50 for the tournament.

“Yeah, certainly I’m disappointed. I played — I felt like I played a lot better than I’m scoring. And certainly didn’t finish this round very well,” Mickelson said.

He then went on to praise the USGA, whom he lambasted a few weeks ago at the Memorial.

“I tell you, I think it’s — I’m really happy that I had this chance, this opportunity this week. I’ve got to give it to — hand it to the USGA for doing a great setup. It’s the best I’ve ever seen. And it’s identifying the best players. It’s making the players the story,” he said.

“I think the biggest thing was pin placements, instead of putting them right on the edges they were in good spots, rewarding great shots. I can’t say enough great things about how this week has gone so far. And I’m appreciative to the effort they’ve put in and for the opportunity that I had this week.”

Mickelson clearly was hoping for better, especially considering he won the last tournament on this course, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February.

“I’ll come out tomorrow and play as well as I can. But today was the day I needed to go low. I played well enough to do it. I had many opportunities. Didn’t putt well. Didn’t get them to go in. I left them short the whole time. And then I finished poorly,” Mickelson said.

“But for the most part I really enjoyed this week. I’ve had a lot of fun testing my game, testing myself mentally, my physical game. And it’s been a fun challenge.”

Mickelson on Father’s Day Sunday will celebrate his 49th birthday.

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods closed with a tap-in birdie for a respectable even-par 71 Saturday, but he’s officially out of the mix after Round 3 of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Woods’ day got off to a tough start when he missed the fairway at No. 1 for the first time this week with an iron. His ball settled in the left rough and he couldn’t reach the green from there, failing to get up and down and carding an opening bogey.

“I got off to a crap start,” Woods told Joel Klatt during his post-round interview on Fox.

Overall it was another good day for Woods off the tee and another rough one with the irons. He missed the green on No. 3 from just 120 yards out and added another bogey there. His tee shot was well long of the 98-yard par-3 seventh and Woods three-putted from there, missing a short one for his third and final bogey on the front nine.

He also picked up steam at times, including back-to-back birdies at the fourth and the par-3 fifth, where he drained a 24-footer. Woods also dropped a 27-footer for birdie at the par-4 16th, but he wasn’t able to take advantage of some of his best irons shots.

Woods stuck it to 10 feet at the par-3 17th but missed the 10-footer for birdie.

It was a far more eventful showing from Woods than we’ve seen the past two days, but it didn’t change the bottom line. He’s not hitting it closes enough with his irons and he’s not making enough putts when he does.

Saturday’s third round was all over the place and most encouraging for the fact that Woods was able to put some birdies on the card – he made five of them in Round 3 and just four total in Rounds 1-2.

Woods also ended things on a high note at the par-5 18th, reaching the green in two after smoking a fairway wood to the front of the green. That left an easy two-putt birdie and a bit of momentum going into Sunday, with conditions looking tougher than they’ve been the first two days.

It hasn’t been Woods’ best week by a long shot, but Saturday he proved he’ll still fight to the finish.

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – After shooting 71-71 the first two days at the U.S. Open, Danny Willett posted a third-round 67 on Saturday at Pebble Beach to climb the leaderboard and move into a tie for fifth.

It was his best score in a U.S. Open.

“The golf course is in great condition,” Willett said. “It doesn’t really showcase that you’ve got to be long, you’ve got to be short, you’ve just got to play good golf. I think the U.S. Opens over the last few years have been primarily bomber’s paradises. This place, yes, the longer you are the shorter club you have off the tee. Years gone by if you can hit it 350, you’re in a much better position. I think this golf course just kind of evens out the field in that way.”

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Willett posted the 53rd round so far this week in the 60s. He is currently in a 10-way for fifth at 4-under.

But his 67 is tied for the sixth-best score of the tournament so far. Four others have matched it during the first two and a half days at the U.S. Open.

Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, had birdies on 1, 3, 6, 7, 14 and 18 with his only blips coming on 9 and 10 with back-to-back bogeys.

As far as his approach to Sunday, Willett said: “Just keep making good moves. You make good moves, you make good swings, you make good decisions and it happens. You don’t always execute it, but if you give yourself the best chance by doing the right things that’s all you can ask for. So far we’ve done that pretty well.”

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