New mindset powers Woodland to lead
January 04, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Gary Woodland's Round 2 highlights from Sentry
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Gary Woodland admits he used to come to the Sentry Tournament of Champions and just get lost in the views and fun times of Maui life.
Not this time.
The three-time PGA TOUR winner has spent his holiday season practicing – even taking his clubs on a Dominican Republic getaway with his wife – to ensure this time around he was ready to contend.
“I've had that (relaxed) mindset a couple times that I've been here, not prepared, excited to be here, taken some time off before the last two times I was here,” Woodland admitted after firing a second consecutive 6-under 67 to set up a three shot lead through 36 holes.
“But this time I've been playing a lot. Obviously it's nice to be here, but I have a little different mindset this week, playing a little more aggressive, trying to contend, and trying to win instead of just enjoying the views out here, which I've done in the past.”
Woodland admitted to playing and practicing on two of the five days he and wife Gabby went abroad “just to get away”.
“I had a couple days off. But I knew I wanted to be prepared coming in. The bulk of the season is so much earlier now I didn't want to take any time off, I didn't want to rest any,” Woodland added.
“You're sitting at home, you feel like somebody's getting better, it's hard for me just to sit there.
“I'll pick my spots now where I take time off to get ready for THE PLAYERS in March and then obviously the four majors start right away, so I'll be ready to go.”
Woodland treated his extended family a trip to Kapalua for Christmas, bringing his entourage to 13, but they’re all aware he means business.
In 2017 Woodland and Gabby were expecting twins but tragically lost one of the babies before son Jaxson was born prematurely.
The little one is another part of his new mindset.
“I'm in a pretty good spot off the golf course. Obviously it's been documented, we have dealt with a lot, but we're in a very good spot right now. Nice to have my family here,” he said.
“The little guy just puts everything in perspective. You go back he doesn't care what I did today he just wants to play. So that's definitely a lot easier than dwelling on good shots and bad shots the whole time.”
Gary Woodland takes the lead at Sentry