July 6 2013
Gary Woodland tied his low round of the season on Saturday.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Gary Woodland is a realist.
He was very pleased with the 64 he shot in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic, but he knew his position in the top 10 on the leaderboard likely wouldn't stand when Saturday's competition was complete. Not when The Old White TPC was being so generous and so many people seemed to be taking advantage.
"The leaders, they're probably not even at lunch yet," Woodland said with a wry smile. "So hopefully I'm not too far back and I can make a run at it tomorrow."
Woodland started the third round well off the pace at 1 under after making the cut on the number. But he made five birdies and an eagle before making his lone bogey at the 18th hole to tie his best round of the season and vault into the mix.
"It was nice to get off early," said Woodland, who played in the fourth group of the day. "The greens were perfect this morning, so fortunately I hit it well and gave myself some chances. Still left some out there, obviously tough making bogey on the last, but all in all I played well today and hopefully moved up quite a bit."
Woodland has missed two cuts at The Greenbrier Classic but he also finished one shot out of the playoff in 2011. Saturday's round of 6 under was his career low at The Old White TPC.
"The golf course suits me well, I'm playing well, suits me well," Woodland said. "So hopefully, like I said, hopefully I'm within striking distance and I'll get a low one tomorrow."
Woodland has dealt with an injury to his left hand for the better part of the last 18 months. He also sought the counsel of Butch Harmon and his son Claude to re-tool his swing.
"This game's tough enough when you're healthy let alone when you're battling injuries for that long," Woodland said. "You add the swing changes and that in there, it was a tough year and a half, but we've turned the corner and we're working upwards now."
Woodland declares himself healthy and appears to have turned the corner of late with three top-20 finishes in his last four starts. He's swinging more aggressively -- more like he did in 2011 when he won his first PGA TOUR event and ranked fifth in driving distance.
"It was as frustrating probably as I've ever been in my career and then it's satisfying right now because I'm starting to play good and we're starting to see more and more results," Woodland said.
Like on Saturday at The Old White TPC.