SAN DIEGO – Through three rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open, Gary Woodland’s name was near the top of the leaderboard thanks in large part to his tee-to-green performance. His accuracy deserted him during the final round at Torrey Pines, though, and as a result the 29-year-old was denied a third career PGA Tour title.
After leading the field in greens in regulation percentage through 54 holes, Woodland found just seven of 18 greens in regulation Sunday. An errant drive at the 71st hole found the hazard and led to a double bogey costing him any chance of catching eventual champion Scott Stallings.
“(My swing) was a little off,” admitted Woodland, who settled for a tie for 10th. “I drove it pretty well early, gave myself a lot of chances and I just didn’t get anything out of it. It kind of fell apart on the back nine.”
While a host of players had a realistic chance to win during Sunday’s chaotic final round, Woodland’s name remained near the top largely thanks to fine recovery shots, as he scrambled to salvage par on Nos. 10, 11 and 12. It was a stark role reversal for a player usually known for his bombs off the tee rather than his play around the greens.
“All day I thought if I got to double digits (under par), somebody was going to have to play a really good round to catch me,” noted Woodland, who reached 9 under with a birdie at No. 13. “I just couldn’t get it going.”