Gary Woodland wins Reno-Tahoe Open
RENO, Nev. (AP) – Gary Woodland holed a 58-foot chip from the rough for one of his four birdies and got up-and-down to save par five times to win the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for second PGA Tour victory.
Woodland finished with 44 points in the modified Stableford format that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero tied for second with 35 points, and Brendon Steele had 33 at Montreux Golf Club on the edge of the Sierra.
Woodland, also the 2011 Transitions Championship winner as a tour rookie, earned $540,000 for the victory and got a spot next week in the PGA Championship.
Byrd had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey to set a single-day scoring record with 18 Stableford points that would have equaled a round of 64 under the usual format.
Dicky Pride and David Mathis tied for fifth with 32 points, followed by Seung-Yui Noh and Rory Sabatini with 31, and Chris DiMarco with 30.
Woodland, the 2011 PGA Tour rookie of the year who played basketball at Washburn before transferring to Kansas and becoming a golfer for the Jayhawks, didn't have a bogey Sunday until the 17th hole thanks to some nifty work around the greens.
On the front nine, he had sand saves out of three greenside bunkers and made his only birdie on the front from 7 feet on the par-3 second.
On the 367-yard, par-4 14th, Woodland drove into a waste area with pine needles and sagebrush short right of the green, then hit 20 yards over the green into the rough before watching his 58-foot chip roll against the pin and into the cup.
He added a 21-foot birdie putt on the next hole to open up an eight-point lead over Byrd and closed with a birdie on the 616-yard 18th when he drove 338 yards into the middle of the fairway, hit his approach 231 yards just in front of the green, chipped to 2 feet and tapped in for the win.
Woodland's best finishes this year had been three ties for 16th at the Phoenix Open, Memorial and AT&T National. In addition to a spot in the PGA Championship, he earned his tour card for the next two years and moved up from 116th to 54th in the FedExCup standings.