US OPEN: Woodland gouges out birdie, leads by 2
Published 10:05 pm Friday, June 14, 2019
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gary Woodland finished off a bogey-free round by making birdie from a divot in the fairway, giving him a 6-under 65 for a two-shot lead and the lowest 36-hole score in the six U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach.
Woodland’s seemingly perfect drive on the ninth hole settled into a deep divot, and he gouged out a shot from 217 yards onto the green and holed the 50-foot birdie putt.
His 65 matched the U.S. Open record at Pebble Beach for the second time in two days, a testament to a course that remained soft under low clouds. He was at 9-under 133, beating by one shot the 36-hole record at Pebble Beach that Tiger Woods set in 2000.
Woodland, with the 36-hole lead for the second time in four majors, led by two over Justin Rose, who had a 70.