Woodland makes it to weekend
Midway through the front nine of Friday’s Sony Open in Hawaii, Gary Woodland was making plans for the weekend that didn’t include Waialae Country Club.
A double bogey at the par-4 fifth and two more bogeys at Nos. 6 and 8 left him 5 over for the tournament and in serious danger of missing the cut with only 10 to play. That’s when he dialed it in.
The Kansas native birdied the par-5 ninth and proceeded to birdie seven of the next nine, including the final five, to shoot a horrendous 39 on the front and a magical 28 on the back for a 3-under 67 and a guaranteed spot for the weekend at 6-under 134.
Woodland, who has won twice on tour, is making his fourth consecutive start at the Sony. His first two years here — 2009 and 2011 — he missed the cut. His last three were much more productive, with a tie for third in
2015, a tie for 13th in 2016 and a tie for sixth last year. He has pocketed $577,304 at this event and $17.1 million in career earnings.