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Gary Woodland picked up his second PGA TOUR victory on Sunday, winning the Reno-Taho Open in the modified stableford scoring format with 44 points in Reno, Nev.
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Woodland got his first victory in two years Sunday at the Reno-Tahoe Open. (Dunn/Getty Images)
Gary Woodland is a winner again on the PGA TOUR.
Two years after his first career victory, Woodland shot a final-round 69 Sunday to earn 7 points and win the Reno-Tahoe Open with 44 points for the week.
Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero finished second 9 points back in the Modified Stableford Scoring System format, which awards points for birdies and eagles and deducts points for bogeys or worse.
Woodland opened the day with a 7-point lead but started slowly with just one birdie and a dozen pars over his first 13 holes. Still, he never came close to losing his lead.
The 29-year-old padded his cushion with three birdies over his final five holes to win easily.
The victory earns Woodland 300 FedExCup points and moves him to 54th in the standings. It also locks up his PGA TOUR card through the 2014-15 season and earns him a spot in next week's PGA Championship.
On the scorecard, it added up to a 64. On the leaderboard, it was good for a whopping 18 points.
In the end, though, it wasn't enough for Jonathan Byrd to catch Gary Woodland, who leads Byrd by four points at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where the Modified Stableford Scoring System is in use.
Woodland is on the back nine and trying to hang on for his first win in two years.
For Byrd, the strong finish couldn't have come at a better time. He came into the week 189th in FedExCup points. A runner-up could move him inside the top 150 with only one event to go for Byrd until the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.
"I felt like I was getting into a good play rhythm (Saturday), and I haven't felt that a whole lot this year," said Byrd, who made just four cuts in 14 starts prior to this week. "That was one of the first days I've felt that way on the golf course. I felt like I was going to make putts and felt like I was going to hit good shots."
He made plenty of them Sunday at Montreux Golf & Country Club, piling up seven birdies, an eagle and just one bogey.
Four of those birdies came in his first five holes, including a chip-in on No. 1.
"Just felt like I had to keep the pedal down," Byrd said. "This is the best I've played here."
A seven-point lead isn't as big as it sounds, at least when it comes to the Modified Stableford Scoring System.
That's the advantage Gary Woodland has going into the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, where he'll tee off in the day's final pairing with Brendan Steele at 4:40 p.m. ET.
Woodland has now carried the lead into the final round on the PGA TOUR twice. The first time came at the 90-hole 2011 Humana Challenge, where he shared the 72-hole lead with Jhonattan Vegas before a final-round 3-under 69 led to a runner-up finish after losing in a playoff to Vegas.
This season has been up and down for Woodland -- he's made the cut in his last 15 starts, but he's also looking for his first top 10 of the year. He also came into the week 116th in FedExCup points.
It would also be the second victory of his career and first since the 2011 Tampa Bay Championship.
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Gary Woodland picked up 16 points on Saturday at the Reno-Tahoe Open. (Dunn/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Behind four back-nine birdies, Gary Woodland took control of the Reno-Tahoe Open on Saturday in Reno, Nev.
Woodland picked up 16 points in the third round of the modified stableford scoring event at Montreux Golf & Country Club to get to 37 points overall. He led Brendan Steele (30), David Mathis (29) and Andres Romero (27).
Woodland's only victory on the PGA TOUR came at the 2011 Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank. He's currently 116th in FedExCup points and trying to solidify his spot inside the top 125 for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Woodland, who ranks second on the PGA TOUR in driving distance with an average of 305.6 yards per drive, has made 16 of 20 cuts this season but hasn't earned a top-10 finish.
"I might have to go out and make birdies tomorrow," Woodland said. "So it is what it is. I'm just going to go out and try to get as many points as I can and execute my game plan and hopefully it should be enough."
Brendan Steele had five birdies and an eagle in his final six holes on Saturday at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Tough to conjure up a more impressive finish for Brendan Steele.
The 30-year-old PGA TOUR pro went birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle to pick up 15 points in his final six holes en route to posting a 17-point third round on Saturday at the Reno-Tahoe Open in Reno, Nev. Steele is currently the clubhouse leader with 30 points in the modified stableford scoring format.
Steele chipped in for eagle at the 18th to cap his third round.
"Didn't have any points going into No. 10, and I was feeling like I was getting run over," Steele said. "All of a sudden things changed and the ball started going in the hole."
At 106th in FedExCup points, Steele could use a strong finish to sew up a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Steele collected five points in the first round and eight in the second. It's the second straight day he's eagled the par-5 18th hole.
Steele owns a trio of top-25 finishes in 21 events in 2013. His only PGA TOUR win came at the 2011 Valero Texas Open.
"It was definitely the best finish that I could ever even imagine. So pretty special," Steele said.