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U.S. Open 2019: What you need to know for Sunday at Pebble Beach

June 16, 2019

It’s hard to believe, but there are only 18 more holes to play at the 2019 U.S. Open at iconic Pebble Beach. That’s the bad news. The good news? There’s a chance we’re in for a historic performance. If Brooks Koepka manages to erase his four-shot deficit and claim his third straight U.S. Open, he’ll be only the second player in history to achieve such a feat — and the only player in the modern era to do it. It’s going to be exciting! Here’s what you need to know for Sunday’s final round.

1. The best U.S. Open pairings

Here are the five most intriguing pairs to watch on Sunday, along with their tee times (ET).

5:30 p.m. – Justin Rose, Gary Woodland
5:19 p.m. – Chez Reavie, Brooks Koepka
5:08 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen
4:57 p.m. – Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar
4:46 p.m. – Graeme McDowell, Danny Willett

2. How to watch the U.S. Open Sunday

Practice tee footage and featured groups and holes streaming begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on usopen.com. The TV broadcast is on Fox from 2 p.m.–10 p.m. ET.

3. U.S. Open weather

The forecast on U.S. Open Sunday calls for mostly cloudy weather throughout the morning that will give way to partly cloudy conditions in the afternoon. The temperature will range from the mid 50s at the beginning of the day to a high of 58 degrees by 6:00 p.m. ET. The wind is expected to max out at 11 mph.

Justin Rose is seeking his second U.S. Open title.
Justin Rose is seeking his second U.S. Open title.
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4. Tiger Woods U.S. Open Watch

After grinding his way to a respectable 70 in the first round and suffering disappointing back-to-back bogeys on his closing holes en route to a second round of 72, it was hard to know what to expect from Tiger Woods in the third round. Woods began the day nine shots behind leader Gary Woodland, so one thing was certain: he was going to need to go low to get himself back into contention.

But that didn’t happen. Woods had yet another up-and-down day where he failed to get any real momentum going, and he shot an even-par 71 to stay even for the tournament. He’s currently T-27, 11 shots behind Woodland heading into the final round.

5. The best storyline of the U.S. Open final round will be …

Three storylines dominate: Gary Woodland holds off some future Hall of Famers to claim his first major championship, Justin Rose overcomes a one-shot deficit to win his second U.S. Open, or Brooks Koepka overcomes a four-shot deficit to become the first player in the modern era to win three U.S. Opens in a row.

Aside from those, Louis Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy are also technically within striking distance, at four and five shots back, respectively. Regardless of what happens, it’s sure to be a glorious finish at Pebble Beach, and the drama of watching it all play out makes Sunday worth tuning in for.

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