Woodland makes it to week­end

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

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.

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