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.”