PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Gary Woodland was making all kinds of noise at Pebble Seashore on Saturday, changing not one however two miraculous par saves on the again 9 that might have rattled most rivals.
However after Woodland’s par-saving antics on the 12th and 14th holes, Rose answered with birdie putts displaying the type of focus that would earn him his second main championship.
Rose will go into the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Open trailing Woodland by one stroke. His 3-under 68 on Saturday, left him 10-under for the match. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner at Merion, will likely be enjoying within the ultimate group with Woodland, who’s searching for his first main championship.
Rose will likely be relying on his expertise at Merion to assist him by Sunday.
“I’m in an incredible place going into tomorrow,” Rose mentioned. “It’s going to be a enjoyable day. Being one again provides me the liberty to really feel like I’ve bought all the pieces to realize and nothing to lose. I’m shut sufficient that I’ve to construct my plan, construct my spherical of golf and be disciplined.”
Rose hopes to steal Woodland’s thunder the way in which he did on a few holes on Saturday. Woodland chipped in from the perimeter to save lots of par on the par-3 12th gap to stay at 11-under. However as soon as the gang settled, Rose made a clutch 10-footer to get to 9-under.
After Rose made bogey on the 13th, Woodland saved par once more on the par-5 14th when he made a 45-footer from the underside of the inexperienced. Once more, Rose didn’t buckle, rolling in a 13-footer from simply off the again of the inexperienced.
“The placing positively has been, to coin an American phrase, the MVP for positive,” Rose mentioned. “I’m studying the greens very well. I’m seeing the strains. These greens are so slopey, you possibly can slope it and miss putts. However I’ve been studying the greens very well.”
Rose mentioned he could be overly conservative throughout his spherical.
“I feel it’s going to be dictated by the pin placements and the climate as to how aggressive you will be,” he mentioned.
His ball-striking has been spotty, one thing he hopes to enhance on Sunday.
“My stats aren’t nice hitting fairways, hitting greens,” he mentioned. “However I hit extra high quality golf photographs [Saturday]. Hopefully, we are able to hit a pair extra tomorrow. I feel it’s getting into the appropriate path.”