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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Gary Woodland
Len Hochberg ranks the field for this year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush where Rory McIlroy set the course record as a 16-year-old.
Len Hochberg describes Nate Lashley’s six-shot win in what is only his 33rd PGA Tour event, after years in which Lashley played golf poorly or not at all.
Greg Vara analyzes this week's first-time PGA Tour event at Detroit Golf Club where Billy Horschel's recent strong play could give him an edge on the new course.
U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland takes the course for the first time since claiming his first major, and also lands a spot in this week's picks to click in contests on Yahoo.
Rickie Fowler's name -- and face -- will be even more prominent than usual this week as the pitchman for the tournament sponsor and one of the recommended golfers for contests on DraftKings.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Woodland joined the PGA Tour in 2011 and he's been chasing that season ever since. He came very close last season, but the absence of a win, made it difficult to match his rookie numbers. Though he couldn't top his rookie accomplishments, he had what was probably his second best season on the PGA Tour. Woodland earned two runner-ups last season, which was no surprise as he had six runner-ups entering the season. Woodland has potential for bigger and better things, but he's been locked into a zone right around of just under $3 million for several years now and to expect that he breaks out of it this season, might be a bit too optimistic.
Woodland had a breakout year in 2011 when he captured his first win on the PGA Tour and topped $3 million in earnings, but the injury bug hit him soon after and it took a little time to get back on track. Fast forward five years and Woodland is cruising along just fine. The past three seasons on tour have been very productive as he's topped the $2 million mark each season. The only troubling fact is that he's yet to reach the heights on his breakout season. With that in mind, Woodland makes for an interesting salary cap selection this year. His number is low enough that the risk isn't that high, yet if he were to match is career-high, he'd only be about $1 million above his number from last year. In draft leagues, he should go near the fourth or fifth round.
Woodland has gone through a lot since joining the PGA Tour. He started his career well with plenty of success, only to lose his game while dealing with injuries. He's been healthy now for a good stretch and when he's healthy, he's pretty darn good. He's like a slightly less-talented version of Jason Day. The problem when looking at the 2015 season is his fairly large number from 2014. As such, he's worth a look in salary cap leagues, but he might be a tad too spendy. In draft leagues he could go as early as the 3rd round.
Woodland struggled with injuries over the past couple seasons, but when fully healthy, he's pretty darn good. It took a while for Woodland to get into the groove last season, but he finally found his old form at the Reno-Tahoe Open and once he got a taste of victory, his game only improved. Woodland has a very high ceiling and should definitely be considered in salary cap formats. In drafts leagues he could go in the 20-30 range.
Maybe 2011 was a fluke and 2012 is actually the real Gary Woodland, but considering he's fully exempt from a win during the 2011 season, he's probably worth a look. Woodland's upside is huge, as we witnessed it just two years ago when he earned nearly $3.4 million. Woodland is going to be hard to pass up in salary cap leagues at his price. In draft leagues, you can probably swipe him pretty late.
It didn't take Gary Woodland long to get into the swing of things on the PGA Tour last season. He finished runner-up in his second event and broke through for his first win in mid-March. Woodland missed the cut in his next event, but he wasn't about to let complacency sit in as he earned consecutive Top-25s in his next two events, one of which was the Masters. Woodland also ended the season on a high note, finishing in the Top-25 in his final six events. It doesn't look like Woodland is about to slow down anytime soon. His number from last year, however, will be hard to top. Woodland should probably go in the third round in draft leagues.
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Claims first major championship
Woodland fired a two-under 69 on Sunday to ultimately finish 13-under and win the U.S. Open by a commanding three strokes over two-time defending champ Brooks Koepka.
T52 at the Memorial Tournament
Woodland carded a three-over 75 on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament to finish one-over and tied for 52nd.
Second in SG: T2G at Bethpage
Woodland fired a two-under 68 on Sunday at the PGA Championship to finish one-over and tied for eighth.
Returning from illness