Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland Finishes 23rd at 2011 US Open

June 20, 2011

Former Kansas golf standout Gary Woodland competed in his third straight U.S. Open this past weekend, finishing tied for 23rd with a +1 score of 285.

This weekend was Woodland’s highest ever finish in the event after missing the cut in the event last year and tying for 47th in 2009. The Open took place at Congressional Country Club in the Washington, D.C. area and was won by Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.

Woodland started his week by shooting 73 and 71 on Thursday and Friday to make the cut in an event for the 11th time this year. After a 73 on Saturday, Woodland shot up the leaderboard with a final round 68 on Sunday. He was even par after the first nine holes but shot a 32 on the back nine to finish the day at -3. The round was highlighted by a three-hole birdie streak on holes 14, 15 and 16 as well as a birdie on the 218-yard par 3 tenth.

This season Woodland has played in 15 PGA Tour events, posting one victory, one runner-up finish, five top-10 and eight top-25 finishes. The Topeka, Kan. native is ninth in the FedEx Cup Standings and ranks 12th on the PGA Tour money list with more than $2.2 million.

Woodland was a two-time All-Big 12 selection at Kansas in 2006 and 2007.