Woodland's driver overpowers Cherry Hills


CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Gary Woodland took advantage of the mile-high altitude and did his best to overpower Cherry Hills in the first round of the BMW Championship.

Woodland pounded his way around the course in grabbing a share of the lead with a 3-under-par 67.

Woodland and Russell Henley led the field in driving distance with a 343.0 yards-per-drive average.

“I drove the ball well,” Woodland said. “With the altitude, when I'm hitting it in the fairway, I'm giving myself wedges into holes. I'm able to kind of get in there and be a little more aggressive.

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“If you're laying back today, the greens are so firm, you're hitting long irons into these holes. The ball's not stopping. So, it's nice to be able to drive the ball in there and get wedges in your hand.”

Woodland is 29th in FedEx Cup points. The top 30 at week’s end advance to the Tour Championship.

“I'm still trying to win this thing,” Woodland said. “That's the beauty about the FedExCup. You adjust after next week, so the goal is to move up as far as you can, and be in the top five going into next week, and you control your own destiny.”