PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Usually birdies and bogeys are the focal point of any round but for Gary Woodland it was pars that provided the highlights on Saturday, sending him into the final round of the U.S. Open with a one shot lead.
Woodland’s two-under 69 featured three birdies and a lone bogey but with his four shot lead trimmed to two and Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka stalking him, it was par saves at 12 and 14 that were key to his round.
Putt - Par - Rose - Putts - Right
“When I chipped in on 12 and made the long putt on 14 for par, he (Rose) executed putts right after that on top of that,” said Woodland. “He’s been putting well all week.
“I’m just trying to stay within myself. I’m trying to extend the lead. I’m trying to execute everything to the best of my ability, and I’ve done that really well.”
Woodland - Trouble - Time - Tee - Shot
Woodland found himself in real trouble for the first time at the par-three 12th when his tee shot ended up in the tall fescue surrounding the greenside bunker.
With his only option to punch out Woodland watched his ball sail across the green and into the fringe rough where he brought the crowd to its feet chipping in from the fringe for par.
Woodland - Trouble - Clutch - Monster - Putt
At the par-five 14 Woodland found himself in trouble again but again delivered in the clutch hitting a monster 43-foot putt to save par and keep himself from...
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