By PGATOUR.COM staff
Gary Woodland is chasing his PGA TOUR card this week at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He didn't waste any time making a move on Moving Day on Saturday.
Woodland opened with an eagle and two birdies in his first eight holes in the third round to take a six-point lead with 30 points in the modified stableford scoring system.
Woodland last won on the PGA TOUR at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank in 2011. But he needs to crack the top 125 in FedExCup points to retain his card for the 2013-14 season and qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. Currently, Woodland is 116th in FedExCup points.
Seung-Yul Noh made eight birdies en route to 14 points on Saturday at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
To say the least, this is a big week for Seung-Yul Noh. So far he's making the most of it.
Noh made eight birdies to collect 14 points in the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open on Saturday to skyrocket 57 spots up the leaderboard at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nev. He had 21 points through three rounds, just one point behind leader Andres Romero when he finished in this modified stableford scoring format.
Noh ranks 168th in FedExCup points and needs to crack the top 125 to regain his PGA TOUR card for the 2013-14 season. He'll most likely have this week and the Wyndham Championship to qualify.
Players ranked from No. 126 to No. 200 in FedExCup points following the Wyndham head to the Web.com Tour Playoffs and can regain PGA TOUR cards by finishing among the top 25 in money during the four Web.com Tour Playoff events.
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Gary Woodland's late push moved him into second place at the Reno-Tahoe Open. (Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Gary Woodland erased a rough stretch where he dropped three points in a four-hole stretch with six points in his last five holes to finish Friday one behind clubhouse leader Andres Romero in the Modified Stableford format Reno-Tahoe Open.
Woodland bogeyed holes 17, 1 and 2 in the middle of his round but picked up birdies on holes 5-7 to cancel those dropped points and move into second place at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
The one-time TOUR winner hasn’t finished better than a tie for 16th this year and is chasing his first top-10 finish since last season’s Frys.com Open. At 116th in the FedExCup standings, his spot in the 125-man field at the Playoff-opening Barclays is anything but safe.
“I'm in a better spot mentally right now,” he said. “I'm very happy about where I'm at, and I'm excited about where my game's going. Starting to play well, hopefully (I’ll) have a good weekend.”
In this format, birdies are more important than ever. They’re worth two points while a bogey costs a player just one. Through 36 holes, Woodland has 12 birdies against three bogeys for his 21-point total. Romero is at 22 with 15 birdies offset by five bogeys and one double bogey (which cost him three points).
When Woodland left the course there were 19 competitors within seven points of the lead. That deficit can be made up in just two holes, so the weekend remains wide open.
“You're going to have to make birdies,” Woodland said. “ Obviously anytime somebody can make an eagle or double eagle real quick, obviously the scores change quickly. I know you'll have to make a lot of birdies and hopefully we're on top at the end.”
By PGATOUR.COM staff
The FedExCup Playoffs get under way in just three weeks, meaning the pressure to secure a spot in the top 125 is reaching its peak.
Two competitors in the Reno-Tahoe Open field -- Charlie Wi and Stuart Appleby -- are in position after 36 holes to turn themselves from Playoff hopefuls into Playoff locks.
Wi (FedExCup: 121st) and Appleby (124th) each have 19 points in the Modified Stableford format to sit in a third-place tie as second-round play winds down at Montreux.
Wi had five birdies and an eagle Friday to add 15 points to his total while Appleby carded four birdies against one bogey for seven points.
Appleby was asked if he thought he was safe inside the FedExCup top 125 after his round.
“I don't want to think like that,” he said. “And I don't believe that to be the case. That would be a terrible mistake to make … I really want to make inroads this week.”
After nine holes of his opening round, Wi was minus-3 -- which is not where he wanted to be in this scoring system. He rebounded to finish his day at plus-4 and added another 15 points Friday to move into contention.
“(This format is) a lot of fun,” Wi said. “Yesterday I got off to a rough start. It was minus 3 after nine holes. And I just told myself, couple birdies I'm on the plus side. I just tried to chip it away one at a time. Here I am now.”
Not everyone on the FedExCup bubble has fared as well as Appleby and Wi this week. No. 123 Padraig Harrington and No. 127 Chad Campbell finished 36 holes with just two points and will both miss the cut. No. 128 Greg Owen has two points through 14 holes today and is also on the verge of missing out on the weekend -- and any FedExCup points.
Andres Romero is in contention once again at the Reno-Tahoe Open. (Dunn/Getty Images)
Andres Romero carded nine birdies Friday to take the clubhouse lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open. His birdie barrage allowed him to rack up 14 points in the Modified Stableford scoring format and take a three-point lead over Stuart Appleby, Charlie Wi and Rod Pampling.
“Today was a really, really good day,” Romero said. “I started to play very well then I made some mistakes. And I was kind of frustrated, you know, on the 10th and 11th. But after that, I started again and I finished very well.”
Romero started on the back nine and made the turn with eight points (4 under). He then doubled the first hole (losing three points) and parred No. 2 -- a gettable par-5 -- before rebounding with five birdies on his last six holes.
Romero hasn’t missed a cut since he changed putters following the HP Byron Nelson Championship – a run of five events that includes three top-25 finishes. A third-place finisher at Montreux in 2012, Romero says this course reminds him of some courses he played growing up in Argentina.
“Makes me remember home, you know,” he said. “The course is very similar. This one is better, though. And the environment is really nice. It’s a beautiful place. I feel very comfortable here.”
That comfort is evident, as no one can match Romero’s total of 59 points over the last six rounds in Reno. Continued success would give Romero, currently 136th in the FedExCup standings, a great opportunity to move into the Playoff picture with The Barclays looming in just three weeks.
Greg Chalmers hopes to remain in the hunt after Friday's second round. (Dunn/Getty Images)
The morning wave of Friday's second round of the Reno-Tahoe Open iis about to finish and the afternoon wave has just started teeing off. Here's a look at some of the players to watch teeing off Friday afternoon. Remember that the scoring system at this event uses the Modified Stableford system (click here for more details).
Gary Woodland -- Birdied five of his first nine holes in opening round and finished Thursday in second place, one point behind Josh Teater. Tees off at 3:33 p.m. ET (12:33 p.m. local)
Greg Chalmers -- The Aussie, second on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting, ran off a string of five straight birdies on Thursday. Tees off at 3:22 p.m. ET (12:22 p.m. local)
Trevor Immelman -- The past Masters champ started the week ranked 148th in FedExCup points and needs a big move to climb inside the top 125. Tees off at 3:33 p.m. ET (12:33 p.m. local)
Davis Love III -- No player in the field has better success at winning Modified Stableford events than DL3, who won The International twice. He'll likely start his round outside the projected cutline. Tees off at 3:44 p.m. ET (12:44 p.m. local)
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Behind a half-dozen birdies, an eagle and just two bogeys, Josh Teater earned 15 points to take the lead at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where the Stableford Scoring System is in use.
Each of the las two years, Teater has finished in the top 10 in Reno.
Teater is one clear of Gary Woodland and James Driscoll, while Greg Chalmers is another point back.
Chalmers came into the week on the FedExCup Playoffs bubble at 118th in the standings. He's currently projected to move to 102nd.
Seven others, including Bud Cauley, are within five points of the lead. Cauley came into the week 129th in FedExCup points.
Defending champion J.J. Henry, meanwhile, struggled, earning negative-3 points for making three bogeys in a round of 75.