Four and a half years. That’s how long it’s been for Gary Woodlands without a victory, until now. Gary Woodland’s name was among some of the best in the world heading into the final round at the Waste Management Open, but it’s safe to say not many had their eye on him to be the one to take it home. His coach, Butch Harmon, once stated that he had the talent to become No. 1 in the world, but a few injuries set him back in the six years since then. But could Woodland’s time be now? Let’s hope so.
Gary Woodlands finally got his 3rd career PGA Tour victory after defeating Chez Reavie on the first playoff hole with a par. The 33 year-old in the past has stated that he has under-performed in his career, even stating that: “I probably got out here too soon, I got out here right away, and it was an adjustment, because my game wasn’t ready. And I won right way, so expectations got high.” Woodlands joined the Tour in 2009 and won in both 2011 and 2013 in what was a promising start. Since then we haven’t seen a whole heap from Woodlands, but his ball striking has always been solid. After having worked hard on his short game lately, the dividends clearly paid off as he birdied 15, 16 and 17 to clutch the lead.
To add to the hard fought win, the victory also meant a lot to Woodlands and his wife who lost an unborn twin last March.
An emotion-fueled win and one we are glad to have witnessed. Well played Gary, we hope to see more of it.