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Gary Woodland’s rough day leaves him tied for 12th entering Sunday’s final round at the Memorial

Gary Woodland hits from a bunker toward the first green during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio.

Gary Woodland hits from a bunker toward the first green during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. by AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland suffered a bogey-filled day and shot a 4-over-par 76 at Saturday’s third round of the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.

Woodland dropped eight spots in the standings and remains tied for 12th but sits 10 strokes back of leader Jon Rahm heading into Sunday’s final round.

Woodland shot 68 and 70 in Rounds 1 and 2 to put himself in contention heading into Saturday, but he lost ground on the leaders throughout the day.

The warning signs of a rough round surfaced early. The Topeka native carded three bogeys in his first six holes before recording his first and only birdie of the day at No. 7. Woodland followed that up with a bogey at No. 8 and another at No. 10 and never made up ground after that.

Woodland parred the final eight holes of his third round to give him 12 pars, five bogeys and one birdie for the day.

Despite the rough round, Woodland remains in contention for a Top 10 or even a Top 5 finish. He finished tied for fifth on the same course last week at the Workday Charity Open and is three strokes back of two golfers at 5-under heading into Sunday.

Three golfers will enter the final round at Muirfield Village Golf Course at 3-under for the tournament and tied for ninth, just one stroke ahead of Woodland and five others tied for 12th at 2-under.

Rahm, meanwhile, shot the best score of Round 3 (-4) and was one of just 20 golfers under par during Saturday’s round. He will take a four-stroke lead over Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau into Sunday.

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Gary Woodland firmly in contention after two rounds at the Memorial

Gary Woodland hits from the 18th tee during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio.

Gary Woodland hits from the 18th tee during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. by AP Photo/Darron Cummings

One week after fighting to make the cut on the same golf course, former KU golfer Gary Woodland has put himself firmly in contention this time out.

Woodland followed a strong Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Course with a 2-under par 70 on Friday to move to 6-under and in fourth place at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, at the time his round ended late Friday morning.

After recording his only bogey of the day on No. 18 on Thursday, Woodland opened Round 2 with a bogey on his first hole on Friday. But he did not let that derail his round, responding with four birdies in his next five holes to move back to the top of the leaderboard.

After making the turn from the back nine to the front, Woodland bogeyed the first two holes of his second nine on Friday but got both strokes back three holes later with birides at No. 4 and No. 5 and was again on top of the leaderboard at 7-under.

Woodland bogeyed his final hole on Friday to fall to 6-under for the tournament. The former Jayhawk was two shots back of three players in a tie for first at the completion of his round.

Despite playing the same course for the second week in a row, Woodland said the weather conditions and the way the course was set up for the star-studded Memorial field made this week seem completely different from last week.

“Obviously we’re at the same venue,” Woodland said Thursday in a post-round interview with PGATour.com. “It’s a different golf course, though. … more typical of a major championship.”

After barely advancing to the weekend seven days ago, the reigning U.S. Open champion finished tied for fifth last week and is in position to challenge for another Top 5 finish this weekend.

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Gary Woodland roars to strong start at PGA Tour’s Memorial

Gary Woodland hits from the 13th fairway during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Gary Woodland hits from the 13th fairway during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) by Matt Tait

Former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland finished Round 1 at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, in roughly the same place he finished Round 4 at least week’s PGA Tour event at Muirfield Village Golf Course — near the top.

Woodland, who finished tied for fifth at last week’s Workday Charity Open on the same course, fired a 4-under 68 on Thursday and sits in a tie for third place heading into Friday.

Woodland played 17 holes without a bogey on Thursday but took a 5 at the par-4 18th hole to record his only blemish of the day and fall out of a first-place tie.

After carding three straight pars to open his round, Woodland birdied five of the next eight holes to soar to the top of the leaderboard.

Woodland’s hot stretch included three consecutive birdies at Nos. 9, 10 and 11. From there, he recorded six pars in a row before the bogey at 18.

The field at this week’s Memorial, which features the return of Tiger Woods (-1, tied for 19th), has been called one of the strongest groups in the history of the event. Forty-eight of the Top 50 golfers in the FedEx Cup standings are in the field and the top nine golfers in the World Golf Rankings are playing, as well.

Tony Finau (-6) and Ryan Palmer (-5) sit just above Woodland in the standings heading into Round 2.

Finau recorded nine birdies on Thursday, including four in his final five holes, and Palmer’s round featured five birdies and no bogeys.

Woodland will tee off at 6:44 a.m. Friday and will start Round 2 on the back nine.

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Gary Woodland stays hot on Sunday, finishes tied for 5th at Workday Charity Open

Gary Woodland hits on the second hole during the final round of the Workday Charity Open golf tournament, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio.

Gary Woodland hits on the second hole during the final round of the Workday Charity Open golf tournament, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Dublin, Ohio. by AP Photo/Darron Cummings

On Friday, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland was in danger of missing the cut for a second consecutive tournament on the PGA Tour.

By early Sunday afternoon, Woodland was in the clubhouse with a Top 5 finish and one of the best weekends of his 2020 season.

Woodland followed up Saturday’s 66 in Round 3 at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio, by firing a 3-under 69 on Sunday to move to 12-under for the tournament and into a fifth-place tie.

Although Woodland’s opening-round 73 — during which he was 3-over par at one point — put him too far behind to seriously threaten for the title on Sunday, he did not let the status of the leaders impact his round and seemed to focus only on stringing together good hole after good hole.

After shooting 35 on the front nine, which ended with a bogey at No. 9, Woodland birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 14 to move to 4-under for the day and 13-under for the tournament.

He drained a 57-foot putt for birdie on No. 10 and chipped in from just off the green for birdie on No. 14.

At the time, he was still five strokes off the lead, and, because of the great golf played by Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa at the top of the leaderboard, he never got closer than that.

His bogey at the 18th hole was his only blemish on the back nine and left Woodland alone in fifth place with just six golfers still on the course, three of them already ahead of him in the standings.

Woodland carded five top fives in all of 2019, including a first-place finish at the U.S. Open — the first major championship won by a Jayhawk — and now has three official top fives in 2020.

This latest one came after Woodland took a week off following a missed cut at the Travelers Championship in late June.

It also marked the Topeka native’s best finish since the PGA Tour’s restart following golf’s shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Woodland finished ninth at the Charles Schwab Challenge in mid-June, which was the Tour’s first event of its restart.

Thomas, who bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18, and Morikawa both finished at -19 after 72 holes and needed a playoff to decide the champion. Morikawa took home the title on the third hole of the playoff.

Next week, the PGA Tour will stay in Dublin, Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Course, where Tiger Woods reportedly will join the field.

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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.

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Gary Woodland finishes strong to make cut at Workday Charity Open

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland used a furious rally late in his second round to make the cut at 3-under par for the tournament at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio.

Woodland sat in a tie for 29th when the second round was suspended for the day because of darkness. He'll start his third round after the rest of the field completes Round 2 on Saturday morning. 

Woodland, who shot a 1-over 73 during Thursday's first round, fired a 4-under 68 on Friday, carding two birdies and an eagle in his final five holes to advance to the weekend.

The Topeka native recorded six birdies and eight pars during his up and down round and needed every bit of good fortune and momentum he could muster to set up his strong finish.

Woodland, who was even for the day heading into No. 14, rebounded from a double bogey at No. 9 and a bogey at 10 that threatened to derail his round and send him home early for the second time in three weeks.

Woodland did not play last week and missed the cut two weeks ago at the Travelers Championship.

Collin Morikawa leads the event at 13-under after shooting 65-66 during the first two rounds.

He'll take a three-stroke advantage over Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman into Saturday's third round.

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Gary Woodland shoots 1-over at Round 1 of Workday Charity Open

Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland returned to action from a one-week break to shoot a one-over 73 during Thursday’s opening round of the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio.

Woodland started his round on the back nine and went bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie to get things started.

He added a double-bogey on the par-3 16th hole to move to two over par after nine holes. Woodland bogeyed again at No. 4 (his 13th hole of the day), but salvaged the round with a strong finish.

The Topeka native birdied two of his final five holes — Nos. 5 and 8 — to move closer to even par by day’s end and will look to take that momentum into Friday’s second round.

Woodland got off the tee at an average of 311.5 yards per drive on Thursday. And he hit nearly 78% of the course’s greens in regulation (on in one on a par 3, two on a par 4 and three on a par 5). But he lost 1.35 strokes to par on the putting green on Thursday.

Woodland will begin Round 2 at 6:34 a.m. Friday in a tie for 89th place.

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Top tweets show Woodland’s reach after first career major title

Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Gary Woodland poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Matt Tait

If you’ve got something you’re looking forward to at the end of the month and want to kill time until it gets here, just hop on Twitter, type the name Gary Woodland — or his handle @GaryWoodland — into the search field and let your reading, scrolling and smiling take care of the rest.

In the wake of Woodland’s magnificent showing this weekend at Pebble Beach, where he became the winner of the 119th U.S. Open and the first KU golfer to win a major title, Twitter was full of literally thousands of messages about the Jayhawk’s big weekend.

From messages directly to Woodland from adoring fans to promotions from various courses and companies, messages of congratulations from all over the world and highlights of his final round, that simple search has everything you need to relive what can only be described as one of the biggest moments in the history of Kansas golf.

As I scrolled through hundreds of tweets and read all kinds of recaps of Woodland’s big day, I couldn’t help but be tickled by some of the more memorable tweets that came across my screen.

I surely missed some good ones and there are probably still more to come in the next few hours, days, weeks, months and years.

But these, at least for my money, were 10 of the coolest tweets I saw that were posted in the aftermath of Woodland’s U.S. Open victory.

None by Donald J. Trump

Put your politics aside for a second on this one and take a minute to digest the fact that the President of the United States of America made sure to tip his cap to Woodland for winning what amounts to golf’s national title.

I don’t care who you voted for or how you feel, that’s a pretty cool moment and is just another way of illustrating just how big of a deal Woodland’s victory really was.

None by Governor Laura Kelly

Here’s one for the other side of the aisle. New Kansas governor Laura Kelly, who handles her business of running the Sunflower State in Woodland’s hometown, took time out of her busy day to honor Woodland’s accomplishment, as well.

None by Amy Bockerstette

If you don’t know the story about Gary Woodland and his good friend Amy Bockerstette, this might not make a ton of sense.

But do yourself a favor and watch this video and then you’ll understand not only why this tweet from Amy was so cool but also why so many people are such big fans of Woodland.

None by Scott Van Pelt

This one made the rounds on KU Twitter a lot last night and it deserves to be included in this recap because it cuts to the core of what Woodland is all about.

More than just a great golfer and a great athlete, Woodland is a great person. He’s a friend to everyone, walks with genuine kindness and compassion in his heart and is proud of where he came from and does everything he can to support KU, Kansas, Topeka and those he loves.

Van Pelt nailed it here and the rest of the world is starting to figure it out, too.

That’s what’s so cool about the platform that comes to those who win at this level. Woodland now has an opportunity to show these traits to the entire world and there’s little doubt that he’ll take full advantage of it.

None by U.S. Open (USGA)

I included this one because it’s such a great graphic that perfectly captures the entirety of Woodland’s personality.

Steady, stoic, confident, explosive. It’s all there. And it’s an image that will be seen and saved by thousands of Kansans and Woodland fans for years to come.

None by Justin ROSE

There were literally dozens of congratulatory messages from Woodland’s fellow PGA Tour competitors, but this one jumped out to me the most because Rose had a front row seat for all of it and could not have been more gracious in defeat.

Remember, it was Rose who led after Round 1 and Rose who closed Round 3 with a birdie to pull within one shot of Woodland and the lead heading into the final round.

Sure, he has won a major before, but these guys never get tired of chasing them and there’s little doubt that Rose was incredibly disappointed by how his Sunday round played out.

To be able to let that go and recognize what a cool moment it was for the guy who beat you is all class.

I also love this one because Rose chose to include the fist bump he gave Woodland after his magnificent chip on 17 that pretty much wrapped up the championship.

None by KSHSAA

I absolutely love this one. The Shawnee Heights High School Twitter account retweeted quite a few Woodland tweets on Sunday, but this one from the Kansas State High School Activities Association actually included a picture of Woodland in his Shawnee Heights hoops uniform.

He’s No. 23 on the bottom left, in case you can’t find him.

And this tweet, better than any of these others, fully captures just how incredible Woodland’s story — from start to finish — truly is and why it means so much to so many people in the state of Kansas.

None by Rustin Dodd

Figured we might as well mix one in for the tens of thousands of KU basketball fans who frequent this site.

Not only is this tweet one of those blast-from-the-past moments, but it also shows just how legit Woodland was as a basketball player and what type of athlete he was when this whole thing began.

He can still hit jumpers with the best of them. He’s just much, much better at hitting a golf ball these days.

None by Goodyear Blimp

I liked this one because of the picturesque scene it captured, but also because it’s from a freakin’ blimp.

And by blimp, we’re talking one of the most legendary things in all of sports. That thing has flown over hundreds, if not thousands, of the biggest sporting events known to man.

It’s been immortalized in an Ice Cube song. And now there it is tweeting a message of congrats to Woodland.

The billions of Woodland-inspired tweets — in more than half a dozen different languages — were all cool. And I hope Woodland has time to sit down and sift through every last one of them. But how cool is this one?

None by Wilson Golf

It seemed only fitting to end this thing with a quick message from the champ himself.

This short video was posted by @WilsonGolf one of Woodland’s many, incredibly pumped and proud sponsors.

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Gary Woodland’s first major title came with all of Lawrence backing him

Gary Woodland celebrates with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Gary Woodland celebrates with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt York) by Matt Tait

It takes a lot to move the sports needle in basketball-crazed Lawrence, Kansas. But former KU golfer Gary Woodland did just that over the weekend.

All that was missing was the sound of honking horns downtown and on campus.

Just like one of those weekends in March when the Jayhawks are playing in the Final Four, or for the right to get there, there were watch parties and rally cries, unbridled excitement and nervous energy, all with people tacking on as many “Rock Chalks” as humanly possible to show they were both clued in on and behind Woodland’s quest to claim the 2019 U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach.

And never mind the KU golf/Gary Woodland explosion that took place on KU Twitter.

Equal parts steady-Eddie and shot-making magician, the 35-year-old Woodland, who finished at 13-under for the tournament — three shots better than two-time defending champ Brooks Koepka — turned in the tournament of his professional life in California this weekend.

His run of 34 consecutive holes of par or better that stretched from the final nine holes of Round 1 to the first seven of Round 3 was nothing short of spectacular. And so many of those pars and birdies were the result of his extreme focus and ability to stay in the moment, something Woodland’s friends and foes alike say is one of his biggest strengths these days.

All of it made Woodland’s weekend must-see TV around Lawrence, and his pursuit of the title brought out all kinds of Woodland stories, both from those who knew him and those who merely felt like they did.

Lawrencians who barely follow golf were not only on top of what Woodland was doing out west, but many of them also actually made it a point to pull up the Open on their phones to watch a few holes here and there when time allowed them to do more than just check the leaderboard.

The whole thing created a sense of community and university pride on the local sports scene that I’ve only seen or felt in Lawrence when the Jayhawks have been in the middle of a deep NCAA Tournament run or when Todd Reesing was playing quarterback.

Woodland’s run had the feel of one of those events that the Granada could’ve put on its big screen and drawn a packed house.

Pride runs deep in these parts, and Woodland’s push for one of golf’s four majors brought that to the forefront for so many Kansas fans, whether they gave a flip about golf or not.

Woodland’s is one of those stories that everyone likes to find a way to connect to them. Maybe you know a guy who knows a guy who played golf with Woodland’s dad.

Maybe you went to the same Topeka high school as Woodland. Or your parents did.

Or maybe you simply caught word of Woodland’s Washburn basketball beginnings and it inspired you to learn more and follow along a few weekends a year as he became a bigger and bigger deal on the PGA Tour, tumbling inevitably toward this moment.

Heck, you might’ve even seen him at a KU basketball game one time. He likes those. He might’ve even given you a quick head nod or briefly said hello.

Whatever the link, no matter how big or small, it’s one you want to have at the ready for weekends like this.

A week ago, Woodland was just another guy with whom you had a lot in common, save for his insane ability to absolutely bomb a golf ball and then, a few hundred yards later, show the delicate touch of a microsurgeon.

Both big time Kansas basketball fans. Both Kansans. Both good people who love life, sports, family and friends.

What’s not to like?

Today, Woodland has something that neither you nor dozens of the greatest golfers to ever play the game have in their possession — a major championship.

That, and all the confidence and time in the world to add a few more.

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Former KU golfer Gary Woodland makes a big splash at Phoenix Open without even picking up a club

Gary Woodland hits out of a bunker on the sixth green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Gary Woodland hits out of a bunker on the sixth green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

If you've been paying any kind of attention at all during the past 5 or so years, you surely know by now that former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland currently is one of the best players in the world and that he also was a heck of a basketball player back at Washburn before transferring to KU.

But there's so much more to Woodland, one of Kansas basketball's most famous fans, than monster tee shots, birdie putts and pristine scorecards.

This week, the PGA Tour captured some of that magic from the player currently ranked 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings in a short video posted on the PGA web site and on Twitter. And Woodland did not even have to pick up a club to make it all happen.

The moment took place in Phoenix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Woodland and fellow pro Matt Kuchar welcomed "Amy" to join them on the famed 16th hole for a little fun and the memory of a lifetime.

The rest is in the video, which currently has 1.86 million views and counting, and is a wonderful look at how golf can bring together people from all walks of life.

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