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Gary Woodland finishes strong at St. Jude but falls short of advancing

Gary Woodland watches his shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Gary Woodland watches his shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) by Matt Tait

Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland saved his best for last at the St. Jude Championship, site of the first round of the 2022 FedEx Cup playoffs.

But it was not enough to advance Woodland to Round 2 next week.

After back-to-back 1-under 69s to just make the cut on Thursday and Friday, Woodland shot 73 on Saturday to fall toward the bottom of the leaderboard. He followed that up with a 4-under 66 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 51st.

Unfortunately for the Topeka native, his overall performance at St. Jude, along with that of others in the field, bumped him to No. 75 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and Eligibility Points List through Sunday. Only the top 70 qualified for next week’s second round at the BMW Championship.

Perhaps sensing he had to go for broke, Woodland came out on fire on Sunday morning. He birdied four of his first five holes, including No. 1 and a three-hole stretch from No. 3 through No. 5.

He gave two of those back before making the turn, with bogeys at Nos. 7 and 9 and then ripped off another stretch of three consecutive birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14.

In all, Woodland hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation on Sunday and carded seven birdies, three bogeys and eight pars, leaving him at 3-under for the tournament.

Here's the complete list of the 70 golfers who advanced to Round 2.

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Gary Woodland quiet in Round 3 at St. Jude Championship

Gary Woodland watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C.

Gary Woodland watches his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. by AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman

Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland shot a 3-over 73 in Round 3 at the St. Jude Championship on Saturday in Memphis.

The 38-year-old former Jayhawk just made the cut on Friday and did nothing on Saturday to push himself up the leaderboard and into contention.

He finished Saturday at 1-over for the tournament in a tie for 66th place, 14 shots off the lead. His third round featured three bogeys, two birdies and a double bogey to go with 12 pars.

Woodland, who entered the week ranked 77th in the FedEx Cup standings, will need a solid effort Sunday to earn a spot at next week’s second round, which will feature the top 70 players remaining competing at the BMW Championship.

From there, the top 30 advance to the FedEx Cup finals in Atlanta.

The 2019 U.S. Open champion and Topeka native will tee off in Round 4 at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday.

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Gary Woodland rallies to make cut at St. Jude Championship in opening round of FedEx Cup playoffs

Gary Woodland reacts after a missed putt on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Gary Woodland reacts after a missed putt on the eighth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) by Matt Tait

Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland is still alive in this year’s FedEx Cup playoffs, thanks to a second-round 69 at the St. Jude Championship on Friday in Memphis.

After putting himself on the brink of elimination with back-to-back birdies at the first two holes on the back nine, Woodland survived the cut and advanced to the weekend with birdies at No. 13 and No. 15.

That gave him an even-par 35 on the back and he played Friday’s front nine one stroke under par after a birdie at No. 3 and pars on the other eight holes.

Woodland also shot a 69 during Thursday’s first round — two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars — to sit at 2-under for the under for the tournament.

Woodland finished his round nine strokes off the lead, but the chance to stick around for the weekend gives him an opportunity to move up and improve his standings entering next week’s second round of the FedEx playoffs.

Woodland, 38, has now made 11 cuts in 23 starts during the 2021-22 PGA Tour season. He has produced five top-10 finishes, seven top-25 finishes and entered the week just shy of $2 million in earnings for the season.

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Gary Woodland headed toward missing the cut at British Open

Gary Woodland of the US sets up his putt on the 10th green during the second round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport's oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Gary Woodland of the US sets up his putt on the 10th green during the second round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Friday July 15, 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport's oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Two weeks in Scotland did nothing to help former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland make a run at this year’s Open Championship.

After shooting a 2-over 74 during Thursday’s first round at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, Woodland shot a 4-over 76 on Friday and finished his round well below the expected cut line.

That means the 2019 U.S. Open champion is done for the week. He finished tied for 30th at last week’s Scottish Open just down the road in a tune-up of sorts for golf’s final major of the season.

Cameron Smith, who shot 8-under on Friday and is -13 for the tournament, will enter the weekend with a two-shot lead over Round-1 leader Cameron Young. The top of the leaderboard is a who's who of golf powerhouses, with Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland in third at -10, Dustin Johnson in fifth at -9 and Scottie Scheffler in a tie for sixth at -8.

Woodland’s Friday round was all over the map. He finished with two bogeys and seven pars on the front nine for a 38 and then watched things get really wild on the back nine.

After recording a par at No. 10, he carded a double-bogey on the par-3 11th hole and a bogey at No. 12. Two holes later, he eagled the par-5 14th hole before finishing with three pars and a bogey in his final four holes.

Woodland did not record a single birdie in Round 2.

Here's a look at Woodland's finish in this year's four majors:

Masters - Missed cut

PGA Championship - Tied 34th

U.S. Open - Tied 10th

Open Championship - Missed cut

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Gary Woodland opens with 2-over-par 74 at 2022 British Open

Gary Woodland watches his shot on the second hole during the third round at the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course, Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Gary Woodland watches his shot on the second hole during the third round at the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course, Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Kiawah Island, S.C. by AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland opened play at the 2022 Open Championship, also known as The British Open, with a 2-over-par 74 at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland on Thursday.

Woodland’s round left him in a tie for 96th place entering Round 2.

The opening round actually could have been much worse for Woodland, who carded birdies on two of his final five holes to improve from 4-over to 2-over by the end of his round.

He finished the day with three birdies and five bogeys, including a stretch of three consecutive bogeys on holes Nos. 11, 12 and 13.

Woodland, whose length and ability to bomb drives has been a strength throughout his career, finished the par-5s on Thursday at 1-under par and the par-3s at 2-over par.

He’ll look to make a move up the leaderboard in Round 2 beginning at 2:03 a.m. central time on Friday. The top 70 players and ties in the 156-man field will make the cut to stick around for the weekend.

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Woodland finishes tied for 30th at tune-up for British Open in Scotland

Gary Woodland tees off on the fourth hole during the fourth round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow on Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C.

Gary Woodland tees off on the fourth hole during the fourth round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow on Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. by AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman

After shooting a 6-under 64 in the opening round at the Scottish Open on Thursday, former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland shot 7-over during the next three rounds — including a 3-over-par 73 on Sunday — to finish in a tie for 30th.

Woodland shot an even-par 35, with nine pars, on the front nine on Sunday before carding bogeys on four of his final nine holes with one birdie.

Woodland entered the third round in a tie for second place but fell down the leaderboard in each of the next two rounds. He still managed to earn $49,000 for the week and move up two spots in the FedEx Cup standings.

Xander Schauffele won the event at 7-under after shooting 9-under in Rounds 2 and 3 and an even-par 70 on Sunday.

The event was the final tune-up before next week’s Open Championship that will take place at the Old Course down the road in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The Open Championship is the PGA Tour’s fourth and final major tournament of the 2022 season.

The Open is slated for Thursday through Sunday. Woodland’s best finish at the British Open came in 2016, when he finished tied for 12th.

Woodland has made the cut in 10 of the 20 tournaments he has played in during the 2022 season. That includes five top-10 finishes and seven times placing in the top 25. He has earned just over $1.9 million this season.

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Woodland shoots 2-over for 2nd day in a row to fall into a tie for 9th at Scottish Open

Gary Woodland, of the United States, lines up his putt on the 11th hole during the second round of the Mexico Open at Vidanta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Gary Woodland, of the United States, lines up his putt on the 11th hole during the second round of the Mexico Open at Vidanta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) by Matt Tait

Starting the day in a second-place tie at the Scottish Open on Saturday, former Kansas standout Gary Woodland opened the day with a birdie at the first hole to move him within two shots of the lead.

He did not birdie again until the 16th hole, stacking 10 pars and four bogeys on the 14 holes in between during another up-and-down round in the final tune up for next week’s British Open.

After a birdie at the par-5 16th hole, Woodland recorded a two to birdie the 17th hole, as well. That stretch of good fortune ended with a bogey on 18 to move him to 2-over for the day and 2-under for the tournament, putting him in a tie for ninth place heading into the final round.

Woodland opened the event with a 6-under 64 on Thursday, but shot 2-over 72s on both Friday and Saturday.

The Topeka native and 2019 U.S. Open champion was in the final group on Saturday, playing with leader Cameron Tringale, who shot a 4-over 74 to fall into a tie for sixth at 3-under for the event.

Woodland will enter Round 4 five strokes behind leader Xander Schauffele, who shot a 65 on Friday and followed it up with a 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead into the final round.

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland sits in 2nd place entering weekend at Scottish Open

In the final tune-up before golf’s final major tournament of the 2022 season, former Kansas golfer Gary Woodland sits in second place entering the weekend at the Scottish Open.

After shooting a 6-under par 64 on Thursday in North Berwick, Scotland, Woodland fired a 2-over 72 on Friday.

No one else in the field fared much better, though, including leader Cameron Tringale, who also shot 72 on Friday. He leads Woodland and Doug Ghim by three strokes entering the final two rounds.

Most of Friday's afternoon round was played with winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. Woodland told the Associated Press that it was a mental grind on Friday, and he credited his recent work with longtime swing coach Butch Harmon for his hot start in Scotland.

The 2019 U.S. Open champ opened Friday with a birdie on his first hole, but he finished his first nine holes with four bogeys in a five-hole stretch. That slide continued on his 10th hole of the day, when he bogeyed the first hole to fall to 4-over for the day, but he followed that up with three consecutive birdies on holes No. 3, 4 and 5 to smooth out his card.

Woodland played a bogey-free round on Thursday, recording four birdies and an eagle to go along with 13 pars.

Tringale also recorded six bogeys on Friday after shooting a 9-under 61 on Thursday, with nine birdies and nine pars.

Those two will be paired in Round 3 on Saturday, when they will tee off at 3:40 p.m. local time, 9:40 a.m. central time.

Woodland is vying for his best finish of the current season and hoping to prepare himself for a run at the British Open, which is slated to run July 14-17 just down the road at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Woodland’s best finish at the British Open came in 2016, when he finished tied for 12th.

Woodland has made the cut in nine of the 19 tournaments he has played in during the 2022 season. That includes five top-10 finishes and seven times placing in the top 25. He has earned just under $1.9 million this season and is currently ranked 67th in the FedEx Cup Standings.

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland snags 4th top-10 major finish of career at 2022 U.S. Open

Gary Woodland reacts after a putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gary Woodland reacts after a putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

After making the U.S. Open cut after Round 2 by a single stroke, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland rallied to deliver his fourth top-10 finish at a major championship.

Woodland’s 1-under-par 69 on Sunday landed him in a tie for 10th place at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, marking the fourth-best finish of his career at a major.

Woodland won the 2019 U.S. Open and finished tied for sixth and tied for eighth in back to back years at the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019.

The Topeka native’s 69 on Sunday was the third time Woodland shot 1-under this week and it put him six strokes behind Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the event at 6-under.

Woodland finished even for the tournament with 69s in Rounds 1, 3 and 4 and a 3-over 73 in Round 2 on Friday.

After a strong finish to Round 3, Woodland opened Sunday’s round with a little trouble. He carded a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 second hole, which plagued him all week. Woodland recorded a triple bogey at the hole earlier in the week and also bogeyed and parred it, making him 6-over par on the 209-yard hole for the week.

Woodland responded to the double bogey with four consecutive pars and back to back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8. His hot streak continued with a birdie at No. 10 and he added a birdie at 17 and a bogey at 12 to finish 1-over on the back nine and even for the round.

In addition to cracking the top 10 for the fifth time this season, Woodland, 38, also collected a nice paycheck. His tie for 10th place was worth a season-best $407,220 and he’s now up to $1.9 million in earnings for the season.

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Former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland inches into contention at U.S. Open

Gary Woodland watches his shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Gary Woodland watches his shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) by Matt Tait

On a day when most of the remaining players at the U.S. Open shot over par, former Kansas standout Gary Woodland fired a 1-under 69 to move up the leaderboard heading into Sunday’s final round.

Woodland’s Saturday round, which ended with him at +1 for the tournament, was a wild ride.

After opening with three consecutive bogeys on the first three holes, the Topeka native and 2019 U.S. Open champion eagled the par-5 eighth hole to get back some of the strokes he gave away.

That led to a par on No. 9 and a 1-over 36 on the front nine.

Another bogey on No. 12 moved Woodland to 2-over for the day, but he carded birdies on three of his final five holes — including back-to-back at Nos. 16 and 17 — to move to 1-under for the day.

At the time he finished, Woodland had moved up 25 spots into a tie for 15th at The Country Club course in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was just three strokes off the lead at the time, as well.

Woodland finished the day in a tie for 11th place, five strokes behind co-leaders Will Zalatoris and Matt Fitzpatrick.

While U.S. Open scores tend to stay closer to par, Woodland’s strong finish on Saturday put him in position to make a run at the top on Sunday.

He’ll have to play his best round of the week — if not the year — to contend, but he’s in far better shape to make a run at the trophy now than he was when Saturday’s round started or down the stretch on Friday.

At 2-over par through the first two rounds, Woodland made the cut to advance to the weekend by a single stroke.

He'll tee off at 12:50 p.m. Sunday in the sixth-to-last group to hit the course.

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