Woodland gouges out a birdie and leads by 2 at US Open

  • Gary Woodland smiles after finishing the second round in the U.S. Open, Friday in Pebble Beach, Calif. AP

  • Gary Woodland reacts after making a birdie on the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Carolyn Kaster

  • Justin Rose, of England, waves after his putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Justin Rose, of England, hits from the fairway on the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Justin Rose, of England, putts on the third hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Brooks Koepka reacts after missing a putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York) Matt York

  • Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Tiger Woods hits out of the bunker on the ninth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) David J. Phillip

  • Tiger Woods walks on the third green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Marcio Jose Sanchez

  • Aaron Wise hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York) Matt York

  • Gary Woodland watches his putt on the sixth hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York) Matt York

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to his drive on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) David J. Phillip

  • Phil Mickelson hits from the rough on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) David J. Phillip

  • Phil Mickelson reacts to his shot from the fairway on the 10th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Carolyn Kaster

  • Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Friday, June 14, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) David J. Phillip

Associated Press
Published: 6/14/2019 10:58:28 PM
Modified: 6/14/2019 10:58:14 PM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — 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.


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