August 16 2012
Interview: Gary Woodland
Following an opening-round 66, Gary Woodland reflects on his play in the 2012 Wyndham Championship with Mark Immelman from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Gary Woodland is just happy to be healthy and playing well again. So the chance to play his way into the FedExCup Playoffs is a bonus.
Woodland came to Greensboro ranked 130th and likely needs to finish 36th or better to punch his ticket for The Barclays next week. He put himself in good position with a first-round 66 that included five birdies and just one bogey.
"I know if I play well I'll take care of business," Woodland said. "I'm out here trying to go through the game plan and hopefully play well at the end of the week."
A ruptured cyst in his left wrist had forced Woodland to withdraw from the Masters earlier this year. He said he didn't feel completely healthy until the British Open, where he tied for 34th, and at that point, he and coach Butch Harmon could start working again in earnest.
The results showed when Woodland opened with a 67 last week at the PGA before struggling in the wind on Friday and eventually tying for 42nd. Thursday at Sedgefield was another building block.
"It's high," Woodland said when asked about his confidence. "My game is starting to show. I'm starting to see some results. I'm playing pretty well. Look forward to the weekend."
Woodland is making his first appearance at the Wyndham Championship. So far, he likes what he sees at Sedgefield, a Donald Ross design.
"The golf course is phenomenal," Woodland said. "It's in great shape. The rough is up. Greens are perfect, really are. You get it below, you can make putts. Get it above it, you're going to have some problems. They're perfect."
Tee to green on Thursday, Woodland was spot-on. He hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation. He had 29 putts, though, and felt he squandered a few birdie opportunities down the stretch.
"I had chances on the back nine to really post a number and let it get away," Woodland said. "I hit a lot of 2 irons. Every hole I hit irons and kept in it play and gave myself a lot of chances. Didn't capitalize."
Overall, though, Woodland deemed Thursday a "solid" round. "We're off and running," he said.