Former KU golfer Gary Woodland on verge of history while maintaining lead at U.S. Open

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland is 18 holes away from a monumental achievement.

Woodland, a Topeka native, held it together Saturday with bold plays and two unlikely pars for a 2-under 69 at the U.S. Open, moving him to 11-under which gave him a 1-shot lead over Justin Rose at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. With that, Woodland will be making his first appearance in the final group of a major on Sunday.

It would be history if Woodland can finish it out; no KU alumnus has ever won a PGA major tournament. Woodland, who will be in the final pairing with Rose again Sunday, will tee off at 4:30 p.m. Central.

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