PEBBLE BEACH – Gary Woodland's whole sporting life has prepared him for Sunday, when he takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the 119th US Open Golf Championship.
The 35-year-old American is hardly a household name, despite three US PGA Tour titles, but he's confident he can hold his own against the game's best -- including former world number one Justin Rose who will play alongside him in the final group.
"I worked for this my whole life. I've trained since I started walking," Woodland said. "I've played sports, I've competed. I've learned how to win, even if I haven't done it as much as I'd like.
"I know what it takes to win. And my game is in a great spot."
Woodland, who abandoned college basketball to pursue golf, has worked hard to polish up a short game long overshadowed by his booming length and worked with British putting coach Phil Kenyon to step it up on the greens.