What's the biggest final-round comeback in US Open history?
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What’s the biggest final-round comeback in US Open history?

Gary Woodland and Justin Rose are separated by a shot heading into the final round of the 2019 US Open. The closest any player otherwise is to Woodland is four shots, including two-time defending US Open champion Brooks Koepka.

However, if history is any guide, Woodland has more players to concern himself with if he wants to take down his first major championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The biggest final-round comeback in US Open history is seven shots, done by Arnold Palmer in 1960 at the historic US Open at Cherry Hills Golf Club near Denver, Colo. Back in 1960, the final day of the US Open was Saturday, with two rounds played on the final day.

Through three rounds, including the morning round on Saturday, Palmer was at 2-over 215, shooting rounds of 72, 71 and 72. Mike Souchak held the lead on his own at 5-under total.

However, in the afternoon final round, the forces of nature collided, as Palmer, Ben Hogan and an up-and-coming amateur named Jack Nicklaus took charge of the tournament. Palmer drove the first green in the final round, setting up a two-putt birdie, as the starting point in a final round of 6-under 65. Palmer went from 2 over to 4 under.

Nicklaus, who was just three strokes back heading into the final round, shot an even-par 71 to finish alone in second.

Hogan, who was looking to capture a fifth US Open title just shy of his 48th birthday, shot a final-round 73 to come up short.

Palmer's seven-stroke final-round comeback is a shot better than Johnny Miller's six-stroke deficit he overcame in 1973 when he won the US Open at Oakmont Country Club with a final-round 63.

In recent memory, the biggest final-round comeback at the US Open is five strokes, overcome by Lee Janzen in winning the 1998 US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. His stunning 68 gave him a second US Open title, taking another one from Payne Stewart.

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