Gary Woodland (born May 21, 1984) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.Contents
Woodland was born in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Dan and Linda Woodland. He attended Shawnee Heights High School in the suburb of Tecumseh. After high school, he attended Washburn University on a basketball scholarship, but left after his freshman year to attend the University of Kansas on a golf scholarship. He studied Sociology while at KU. Woodland had a successful collegiate golf career, winning four tournaments before turning professional in 2007.Professional career
After turning professional, Woodland played in a handful of tournaments on the second-tier Nationwide Tour in 2007 and 2008. 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.
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. 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. 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 reached the final of the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, where he lost to Rory McIlroy, and moved to a career-best 32nd in the OWGR.
In February 2018, Woodland won his third PGA Tour event, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a sudden-death playoff over Chez Reavie. After finishing tied at 18 under, Woodland won with a par on the first extra hole to end a five year drought on tour. Woodland moved up to fifth in the season's FedEx Cup standings.
Woodland held the 36-hole lead at the 2018 PGA Championship, with a total 130, which was a tournament record through the first two rounds. He led by a stroke over Kevin Kisner at the halfway stage. He started the final round at nine under par, three shots behind leader Brooks Koepka. He finished in a tie for sixth with a score of 10 under par, six strokes behind the winner Koepka.Amateur wins (6)
* The Reno–Tahoe Open used Modified Stableford scoring.
PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)No. Season Tournament Opponent(s) Result 1 2011 Bob Hope Classic Jhonattan Vegas, Bill Haas Vegas won with par on the second extra hole
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Mexico Championship T29 T16 T23 T38 T50 Match Play R64 R64 2 T39 T29 Bridgestone Invitational T45 T19 T57 T63 T17 HSBC Champions T56 T23 T47 Top 10 Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied