Gary Woodland Shoots Final-Round 66 To Finish 13th at THE TOUR Championship
Sept. 25, 2011
ATLANTA – Former Kansas men’s golfer Gary Woodland recorded four birdies and no bogeys in his final round of THE TOUR Championship Sunday to shoot a 66 and finish two-under overall, which tied him for 13th place in the final event of the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup Playoffs.
THE TOUR Championship, which was held at the East Lake Golf Club, is only open to the top-30 PGA TOUR players of the year based on points awarded throughout the season. Woodland qualified for the event by having the 11th-most points on the PGA TOUR following last week’s event.
“It’s pretty amazing what he’s done this year when you consider he basically had a year-and-a-half off,” said Kansas head men’s golf coach Kit Grove, referring to surgery on a torn labrum in August of 2009 that limited Woodland’s number of events in 2010. “He’s had quite an amazing year. It’s great for KU. It proves you can be successful at the next level if you come to Kansas.”
Woodland has earned four top-five finishes on the PGA TOUR in 2011, including a victory at The Transitions Championship in March. He ranks in the top 15 of numerous categories, including fifth in average driving distance, 11th in ball striking and 12th in scoring average. His six top-10 finishes are the 10th-most of anybody this year.
Woodland was a two-time All-Big 12 selection during his time at Kansas and competed in the NCAA Regional three times – twice when the team qualified in 2004 and 2007 and once as an individual qualifier in 2006.