Gary Woodland

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Gary Woodland
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1984-05-21) May 21, 1984 (age 29)
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Orlando, Florida
Career
College Washburn University
University of Kansas
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Other 2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T24: 2011
U.S. Open T23: 2011
The Open Championship T30: 2011
PGA Championship T12: 2011

Gary Woodland (born May 21, 1984) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Early life[edit]

Woodland was born in Topeka, Kansas, and attended Shawnee Heights High School in the suburb of Tecumseh.[1] After high school, he attended Washburn University on a basketball scholarship, but left after his freshman year to take up a golf scholarship at University of Kansas.[2] He had a successful college golf career, winning four tournaments before turning professional in 2007.

Professional career[edit]

After turning professional, Woodland played in a handful of tournaments on the second-tier Nationwide Tour in 2007 and 2008.[3] At the end of the 2008 season, he entered the Qualifying school for the PGA Tour, and finished in a tie for 11th, which was good enough to earn him a full card to play on the PGA Tour in 2009. However, he struggled for form in his debut season, making just eight cuts in 18 appearances before a shoulder injury cut his golfing year short in July.[4]

In 2010, Woodland divided his time between the PGA and Nationwide Tours. He continued to struggle for his best form, not recording a single top ten finish on either tour, but he did display enough consistency to finish 92nd in the Nationwide Tour money list. Once again, he entered the season-ending qualifying school, and again he finished T-11, to secure a return to full PGA Tour status.

In his second tournament of 2011, the Bob Hope Classic, he finished in a tie for first at 27-under-par, but was edged out for the title by Jhonattan Vegas in a playoff.[5] This was his first top-10 finish on either of the two main tours.

In March 2011, Woodland won his first PGA Tour title at the Transitions Championship by one stroke when fellow American Webb Simpson missed a par putt on the final hole. Just a few moments earlier Woodland had scrambled a fantastic par from the same position as Simpson on the last, after hitting his second shot over the back of the green. This win secured Woodland a place at the 2011 Masters Tournament and also elevated him to a career high 53rd in the Official World Golf Rankings.[6] He later earned an invitation into the U.S. Open after moving into the Top 50. He left the tournament with an OWGR ranking of 39th. In November 2011, he won the Omega Mission Hills World Cup with Matt Kuchar. He finished 2011 ranked 17th on the PGA Tour money list and 51st in the OWGR. He had ended 2009 ranked 959th and 2010 588th.

Woodland's career-best OWGR rank is 36th after the 2011 Greenbrier Classic.

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

  • 2005 (2) Cleveland State Invitational, Kansas Amateur
  • 2006 (1) Kansas Invitational
  • 2007 (3) All-American Golf Classic, Louisiana Classics, Kansas Amateur

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 20, 2011 Transitions Championship –15 (67-68-67-67=269) 1 stroke United States Webb Simpson
2 Aug 4, 2013 Reno–Tahoe Open* 44 pts (14-7-16-7=44) 9 points United States Jonathan Byrd, Argentina Andrés Romero

* The Reno–Tahoe Open used Modified Stableford scoring.

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Season Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 Bob Hope Classic Venezuela Jhonattan Vegas, United States Bill Haas Vegas won with par on the second extra hole
Haas eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2014 CIMB Classic United States Ryan Moore Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T24 WD DNP T26
U.S. Open T47 CUT T23 CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP T30 T34 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T12 T42 74

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2011 Masters – 2012 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

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