Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland finished his second round at the British Open with three consecutive birdies to finish even on the day.
But Woodland’s late run was not enough to save him and he missed the cut after shooting 3 over par during the event’s first two rounds.
Woodland shot 73 on Thursday and followed that up with a 70 on Friday to miss the cut line by two strokes.
While it ended on a high note, the former Jayhawk’s second round also featured four consecutive bogeys, from No. 9 through No. 12. That stretch pretty much ended Woodland’s hopes of sticking around for the weekend.
Woodland finished his round in a tie for 98th place, but the final record will show his performance at the event as a missed cut.
Woodland finished in the top 50 at golf’s three other majors in 2021 — tied for 40th at the Masters in April, tied for 38th at the PGA Championship in late May and tied for 50th at the U.S. Open in June.
His showing at Royal St. George in Sandwich, England, continued a recent trend of struggles at the British Open for the Topeka native. He now has missed the cut in his past two British Opens — the tournament was not played in 2020 — and also has finished outside of the top 50 in five of his last six appearances at the overseas event. That followed a string of top-40 finishes (2011, 2012, 2014) in his first three tries.
Across the pond, playing in golf’s final major of the season, former University of Kansas All-American Gary Woodland shot a 3-over 73 in Round 1 of the 2021 British Open on Thursday in Sandwich, England.
Woodland played even-par golf through 13 holes at Royal St. George on Thursday — a bogey at No. 4, a birdie at No. 10 and the rest pars — but carded bogeys on three of his final five holes to fall down the leaderboard.
The former Jayhawk is playing in just his fourth event since the start of June and the first since he was cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic the first week of July.
The British Open, with its different course layouts and the unique style required to play well, has been the most challenging of the four majors throughout Woodland’s professional career.
His best finish came in 2016, when he tied for 12th at the event. Since then, however, he has finished tied for 70th, tied for 67th and missed a cut.
Woodland owns at least two Top 25 finishes in each of golf’s three other majors, including the 2019 U.S. Open title.
Woodland will need a strong second round to allow him to stick around for the weekend. He’s slated to tee off at 8:04 a.m. Friday and will play with two-time British Open champion Ernie Els (+2) and amateur Cole Hammer (+5).
Gary Woodland fades at final day of PGA Championship as Phil Mickelson becomes golf’s oldest major champion
Former KU golf standout Gary Woodland’s bid for the 2021 PGA Championship crown ran out of steam on Sunday, when Woodland fired a 5-over par 77 in the final round.
Sitting in a tie for seventh entering Sunday’s round, Woodland needed a low round and a little help to have a shot at the title. Instead, he got a round that featured two double-bogeys and three bogeys to knock him down to a tie for 38th on the final leaderboard at +3 for the tournament.
Woodland’s fourth round opened with promise. After parring his first hole, he recorded birdies at hole No. 2 and hole No. 3 to move to 4-under for the tournament.
But a double-bogey at the par-5 7th hole, back-to-back bogeys and 9 and 10 and another double-bogey at No. 11 dropped him out of the race.
Woodland finished with a fourth-round 77 that left him nine strokes behind 2021 champion Phil Mickelson, who became the oldest major champion in PGA Tour history at age 50.
Woodland’s performance this weekend earned him $42,000
Next up on the PGA Tour is the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Woodland finished ninth in the event in 2020.
As for the 2021 champion, Mickelson has delivered so many thrills and spills over 30 years of pure theater that no one ever knows what he will do next.
His latest act was a real stunner: A major champion at age 50.
Mickelson captured his sixth major and by far the most surprising Sunday at the PGA Championship. He made two early birdies with that magical wedge game and let a cast of contenders fall too far behind to catch him in the shifting wind of Kiawah Island.
He closed with a 1-over 73, building a five-shot lead on the back nine and not making any critical mistakes that kept him from his place in history.
"This is just an incredible feeling because I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn't," said Mickelson, who had gone more than two years since his last win and had not won a major in nearly eight years. He had not even contended in a major in five years.
Julius Boros for 53 years held the distinction of golf's oldest major champion. He was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio.
Pure chaos broke out along the 18th hole after Mickelson hit 9-iron safely to just outside 15 feet that all but secured a most improbable victory. Thousands of fans engulfed him down the fairway — a scene typically seen only at the British Open — until Mickelson emerged into view with a thumbs-up.
That might have been the most pressure he faced on the back nine of the Ocean Course.
"I don't think I've ever had an experience like that, so thank you for that," Mickelson said at the trophy ceremony. "Slightly unnerving, but exceptionally awesome."
Just like he plays the game.
Chants of "Lefty! Lefty! Lefty!" chased him onto the green and into the scoring tent, his final duty of a week he won't soon forget.
Three months after 43-year-old Tom Brady won a seventh Super Bowl, Mickelson added to this year of ageless wonders. Mickelson became the first player in PGA Tour history to win tournaments 30 years apart. The first of his 45 titles was in 1991 when he was still a junior at Arizona State.
Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades, an elite list that starts with Harry Vardon and was most recently achieved by Tiger Woods.
"He's been on tour as long as I've been alive," Jon Rahm said. "For him to keep that willingness to play and compete and practice, it's truly admirable."
Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen had their chances, but only briefly. Koepka was 4 over on the par 5s when the game was still on and closed with a 74. Oosthuizen hit into the water as he was trying to make a final run and shot 73.
"Phil played great," Koepka said. "It's pretty cool to see, but a bit disappointed in myself."
Mickelson finished at 6-under 282.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Three double-bogeys and six birdies in Round 3 at the PGA Championship led to an even-par 72 for former University of Kansas All-American Gary Woodland on Saturday.
And while the up-and-down round allowed him to hold his spot in the top 10, where he sits tied for seventh, Woodland enters Sunday’s final round five strokes off the lead held by Phil Mickelson.
Woodland’s third round at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., started off in good form. He birdied two of his first four holes and moved to 4-under for the event. Following a par on the par-3 fifth hole, it looked as if Woodland was poised to play himself into contention at the top of the leaderboard.
But a double-bogey 6 on hole No. 6 began the slide and served as a sign of things to come. Woodland recovered to record pars on the final three holes of the front nine and then got the two strokes he lost back with birdies at 10 and 11.
But a double-bogey 6 at No. 12 sent him back down the slide and he doubled No. 15 to fall to 2-over for the day.
Not derailed by losing four strokes to par in his previous four holes, Woodland birdied the par-5 16th hole and the par-3 17th to move back to even for his wild round.
Saturday marked his second consecutive even-par round of 72 of the tournament, which followed a 2-under 70 in Round 1.
Given the week’s conditions and the fact that he’s still behind just seven golfers heading into the final round, Woodland is still in the hunt. But he’ll need his best round of the week on Sunday, along with a little help, to make a push for the second major championship title of his career.
Woodland is slated to tee off at 12:50 p.m. on Sunday, when he'll play with Paul Casey.
After two completely different nine-hole stretches on Friday, his 37th birthday, former University of Kansas All-American Gary Woodland found himself still in contention at the PGA Championship.
Woodland’s second-round 72 at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., left him at 2-under par for the tournament, just three strokes behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.
How he got there was a different story.
Woodland opened Round 2 with a bogey on the 10th hole, parred everything from 11-17 after that and then carded a double bogey 6 on No. 18.
On the troublesome hole, Woodland’s second shot got away from him and landed in a native area just beyond the rough. From there, he hit his third shot to 80 feet and 3-putted from there.
Despite the disappointment of finishing his front nine with a big number, Woodland quickly dialed back in and birdied four of the next seven holes he played. That included a stretch of three consecutive birdies at holes 3, 4 and 5 and another at No. 7 that took him to 1-under for the day and 3-under for the tournament.
He chipped in from the sand on No. 5 for a 2 on the par-3.
His back nine ended the same way his front nine did, this time with a 3-putt from 40 feet to put him at 72 for the day.
On a windy day that saw just as many scores over par as under, Woodland’s even-par round was good enough to keep him in the hunt heading into the weekend, where he will look to contend for the second major championship of his career.
Mickelson is the oldest player to have a share of the 36-hole lead in a major since Fred Couples (52) at the 2012 Masters.
Brooks Koepka had a pair of eagles offset by four bogeys and scrambled for par on the 18th hole for a 1-under 71 that left him one shot behind in conditions he loves.
“It’s a major, man. It’s going to be tough, especially with the wind blowing,” he said. “It doesn’t matter, just go out and go play.”
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama dropped a shot on the 18th hole and still shot 68, leaving him in the group two shots behind.
The casualties included the top two players in the world — Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas missed the cut — and a tee marker on the 17th that Erik van Rooyen smashed when his shot went into the water. The head also came off his club.
Only 18 players remained under par, which included U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who looked exhausted walking off the course after a 71 that featured no birdies on the back nine.
Woodland is scheduled to tee off at 1:10 p.m. Saturday and is slated to play with Round 1 leader Corey Conners.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Despite taking the lead into the back nine at Sunday’s final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland came up just short in his bid for another PGA Tour victory.
Woodland, who shot an even-par 71 on Sunday, finished the tournament at 7-under, three strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy and in fifth place all by himself.
Abraham Ancer (-9) took second and Viktor Hovland and Keith Mitchell tied for third at -8.
The top-five finish was the best of Woodland’s 2021 season to date and netted him $332,100 in prize money.
After starting the day two strokes behind Mitchell and in a second-place tie with McIlroy, Woodland climbed back to the top of the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 on the front nine.
He finished the front at Quail Hollow Club 2-under par but gave both strokes back on the back nine with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 12 and 13.
Even though he remained within striking distance of the lead throughout the rest of the round, the hiccup knocked Woodland out of contention as the leaders never gave up any ground from there.
McIlroy, who finished at 10-under for the tournament, won for the first time in 18 months. It marked his 19th career PGA Tour victory.
This week’s finish was Woodland’s 12th top-20 showing and eighth in the top 10, in the two years since winning the 2019 U.S. Open, his first major championship win and the first by a Jayhawk.
The next stop on the PGA Tour is the AT&T Byron Nelson May 13-16 in McKinney, Texas.
A third consecutive below-par round on Saturday at Quail Hollow has former University of Kansas All-American within striking distance at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.
After entering Round 3 in a tie for the lead, Woodland shot a 1-under 70 on Saturday and, at 7-under for the tournament, sits two strokes behind leader Keith Mitchell heading into Sunday’s final round.
Woodland ended Saturday in a second-place tie with Rory McIlroy, who was a popular pick to win the event entering the week.
Woodland shot 67 on Thursday, 69 Friday and 70 on Saturday.
Woodland led by himself for most of Saturday’s round after carding three birdies in his first 10 holes. But back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 dropped him out of the lead. Mitchell shot a Saturday-best 5-under in Round 3 to climb to the top of the leaderboard.
Woodland got one of the bogeys back with a birdie-2 at No. 17 and he followed that up with a par at 18.
Woodland’s tee shot on the 138-yard 17th hole landed inside of five feet from the cup and gave him an easy look at birdie. That helped make up for the missed 9-footer on 13 that led to bogey.
Woodland also missed a 5-foot putt for par on No. 14 before he regained control of his short game.
As the leader after 36 holes, Woodland played in the final group of the day on Saturday. He’ll be in the second-to-last group during Sunday’s final round. He'll be paired with Luke List (-6) in the group that goes off at 12:30 p.m. Mitchell and McIlroy will play right behind them, teeing off at 12:40 p.m.
Woodland is looking for his first PGA Tour win since winning the U.S. Open in June of 2019 at Pebble Beach.
The 2007 KU graduate has recorded 11 top-20 finishes — 7 in the top 10 — since winning his the first major championship of his career.
On a day when the three players who finished ahead of him in Thursday’s first round struggled, former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland moved up to the top of the leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship.
After finishing Round 1 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte in a tie for fourth place with a 4-under 67 on Thursday, Woodland shot a 2-under 69 on Friday and finished the day in a three-way tie for first place with Matt Wallace and Patrick Rodgers, who shot 4-under and 3-under respectively on Friday.
Woodland fired two birdies and two bogeys in his opening nine holes on Friday and followed that up with two more birdies on his second nine.
In his first 36 holes at the event, Woodland recorded 10 birdies and four bogeys to go along with 22 pars.
First-round leader Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, who shot one stroke better than Woodland on Thursday, both shot 4-over on Friday to fall down the leaderboard.
The Topeka native and former Jayhawk is looking for his best finish since tying for sixth at the Valero Open in early April.
He had missed the cut in four of his last seven events entering this week, including last week at Innisbrook, which, according to the Associated Press, inspired him to go back to working with his previous coaches, Butch Harmon and Pete Cowen.
The move helped Woodland's game mentally and physically. He told the AP that his hip was not bothering him this week and his swing feels great.
Had it not been for him playing Nos. 16-18 in 3-over par through the first two rounds, Woodland might be in the lead all by himself. Still, he likes where he’s headed.
“I’ve seen some shots this week that I just haven’t seen in a long time,” he told the AP. “The golf swing feels so much better. Confidence has gone way up, which I did not have really in the last year. ... It’s exciting right now.”
Former University of Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland shot a 4-under-par 67 during Thursday’s first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hallow Club in Charlotte, leaving him just three strokes back of first place and among the leaders.
Woodland finished the day in a tie for fourth place after firing six birdies with just two bogeys during his opening round.
Phil Mickelson sits in the lead all by himself after the first 18 holes. Mickelson shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday.
Kyoung-Hoon Lee and Keegan Bradley are tied for second at 5-under and Woodland is tied with Peter Malnati, Tommy Fleetwood, Luke List, Keith Mitchell and Kyle Stanley.
Woodland will begin his second round at 6:45 a.m. Friday and will be playing with Canadian golfers Nick Taylor and Corey Conners.
Woodland missed the cut last week at last week’s Valspar Championship after finishing in a tie for 40th at the Masters in mid-April.