Gary Woodland's 66 in Round 3 moves him into contention at Workday Charity Open


Riding the momentum from a strong finish to Round 2 on Friday, former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland delivered one of the best rounds of the day on Saturday at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio.

The former Jayhawk put himself firmly in contention for the title at the top of the leaderboard by firing a 6-under par 66 for the day to move to 9-under for the tournament and into a tie for fifth place at the end of his round.

By the time the rest of the field was finished, Woodland was tied for eighth with four other golfers, seven strokes behind leader Justin Thomas (-16), who leads by two over Viktor Hovland (-14) heading into Sunday's final round.

Woodland ripped off seven birdies in 17 holes before recording his only bogey of the day at No. 18 to finish at 66.

His round opened with a birdie at No. 1 and only picked up steam from there. Woodland birdied three of his first four holes on Saturday and moved up in the standings 25 spots from where he started the day.

That followed an even bigger jump — 50 spots — in Round 2, which featured Woodland carding two birdies and an eagle in his final five holes on Friday to make the cut.

At the time he finished on Saturday, Woodland had moved to within four shots of the leaders. But most of the golfers at the top of the leaderboard remained on the course and continued to put distance between themselves and Woodland as the afternoon progressed.

Still, Woodland’s second consecutive round in the 60s put him in the hunt, and instead of starting Round 4 with the first groups like he did on Saturday, he’ll be in one the final groups on the course during Sunday’s final round.

Woodland will be in one of the last four groups to start the final round on Sunday, teeing off at 7:39 a.m. and playing with Rory Sabbatini and Rickie Fowler. The leaders will go off at 8:01 a.m.


Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 1 day ago

I'm so desperate for sports news I'm reading the golf stories.

Thanks Matt, I enjoyed every word.

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