PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Gary Forest held his nerve to assert his first main with a three-shot victory on the U.S. Open on Sunday, bringing Brooks Koepka’s two-year reign to an finish.
June 16, 2019; Pebble Seashore, CA, USA; Gary Forest kisses with the championship trophy after profitable the 2019 U.S. Open golfing event at Pebble Seashore Golfing Hyperlinks. Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports activities
Forest had now not controlled a top-10 end in his first 27 majors sooner than ultimate yr’s PGA Championship, the place he tied for 6th, however he treated the general spherical with the composure of anyone who have been enjoying for golfing’s largest prizes his whole profession.
Forest carded a two-under 69 to stay Koepka from changing into the primary guy in additional than a century to comb 3 directly U.S. Opens.
Global primary Koepka went down combating, completing with a three-under 68 to go away him 3 in need of Forest’s profitable overall of 13-under 271.
Justin Rose started the day one shot again of Forest however the Englishman crumbled at the again 9 with 3 bogeys for a three-over 74 and a tie for 3rd at seven-under with Xander Schauffele, Chez Reavie and Spain’s Jon Rahm.
It was once a exceptional show of resolution and guts through the 35-year-old Forest, who seven instances sooner than had held a 54-hole lead in a PGA Excursion match and 7 instances may just now not shut the deal.
As Forest made the flip with a two-shot lead, faint cracks in his composure started to turn as Koepka trimmed the benefit to at least one with a birdie at 11.
With stress development with each and every shot, Forest stored his cool and picked up his first birdie of the again 9 on the par 5 14th to reclaim a two-stroke benefit and switch the U.S. Open right into a two horse race.
Rose, who noticed the red-hot putter that had come to his rescue so continuously all through the week flip chilly, had his bid for a 2d U.S. Open name severely wounded with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 after which killed off totally with some other at 15 that dropped him 5 off the tempo with 3 to play.
All the way down to the final two holes and a constant Koepka had one ultimate alternative to position power on Forest with a birdie on the 18th that might have left his opponent clinging to a one-shot lead coming house.
However Koepka watched his nine-foot putt slip through the cup, settling for a par to present Forest some respiring room.
A maiden main now inside of his take hold of, a comfortable Forest capped off his spherical in impressive taste, rolling in a 30-foot birdie on the ultimate to cause a status ovation and chants of “Gary, Gary”.
Modifying through Peter Rutherford