Gary Woodland Wins Transitions Championship
By mustang6560 on 3/21/11
There are only two thing you need to know about Gary Woodland 1) he carries a 2-iron in his bag (who does that any more?) and 2) he can hit his 2-iron 280+ yards.

I was watching the finish yesterday at the Transitions Championship and the commentator said Woodland - who was tied for the lead at the moment - was going to play the 18th conservative from the tee box. He proceed to crush his 2-iron 284 yards en route to winning his first PGA Tour title and an invitation to The Masters next month.
The race to the finish at Innisbrook was so wild that Woodland didn't make a single par on the back nine until the last hole. He made a 10-foot par putt that proved to be the difference in a one-shot victory over Webb Simpson.

"I can't come out here and hit the golf ball 900 yards and win," said Woodland, exaggerating only slightly. "I was very conservative this week, laid back almost all day - all four days - and just tried to get the ball in the fairway, get it on the green and let the putter do the work. That's what I'm learning."
Heck, if I could bomb a 2-iron 284 yards, I'd play "conservative" golf all the time.

If you aren't familiar with Gary, don't feel bad. I didn't know who he was either until this weekend. What's cool about Gary is he first went to college to play basketball but later transfered to Kansas to play golf.

The finish at the Transition Championship came down to the last putt, which made it fun to watch. Both Gary and Webb Simpson, who were tied for the lead going into 18, missed the green long. Gary managed to save par with a 10-foot putt - his first one on the back nine (five birdies and 3 bogeys). Webb, who was one group behind Gary, needed to get up and down from behind the green to force a playoff. His birdie chip sailed by the cup leaving him an unmakeable par putt that cost him the tournament.

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birdieXris says:
23 putts on the final day. I think they said 10 of them were from the 10-20 feet range. THAT, my friends, is a hot putter.
mustang6560 says:
@birdieXris- yessir, it was impressive to watch.
Kickntrue says:
Banker85 says:
@Xris: ya i heard he was like 18/18 from 20 feet and in. he played so well all week. He reminds me of a smaller Dustin Johnson. He might be up and coming, already 3 top tens and a win this year. Solid.
TimmyBede says:
I got his autograph at the US Open at Bethpage.
preny says:
I guess even with the crazy technology, a hot putter is still the great equalizer.
bkuehn1952 says:
srogers13 says:
He was the guy who lost in a playoff to Jhonny Vegas this year, too.
rmumph1 says:
Is there an owl in here?
Torleif Sorenson says:
>>> he carries a 2-iron in his bag (who does that any more?) <<<

Man, I *knew* I would like this guy for a reason; he's not the only one with a deuce in his bag. Congrats to this kid -- well done.
billbadaz says:
I started watching Woodland in the event when he lost to Jhonny Vegas in the playoff. He is a great ball striker and a good putter, 3 top 10's this year, maybe 4 now, 1 win, and a second. Fantasy golf makes you watch players you would never think of waching. Gary is GOOD!
falcon50driver says:
Why would someone go through life with a misspelled name ? Can't that be corrected legally? Jhonny,Johnny
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