Woodland holds nerve to stay top at U.S. Open


An ice-cool Gary Woodland held his nerve under mounting pressure to secure a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach on Saturday.

That was after he saw off challenges from Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka.

Woodland, who could not manage a top-10 finish in his first 27 majors, looked as if he played for the biggest prizes in the game every week.

He carded a third round two-under 69 which featured three birdies and a lone bogey.

If Woodland faced intense pressure on Saturday, it is however nothing to what awaits him on Sunday.

Former winners Rose and Koepka are already breathing down his neck and major champions Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy are also lining up to take a run.

“We just got to play golf shots and hopefully come up with one less than anyone else,” said Woodland.

“Sleep is not an issue, I’ll be rested for tomorrow. I’m playing pretty good, I’m comfortable with my game, we’re at Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open. So, (it) should be pretty exciting.”