Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
36-Year-Old Golfer
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Prior to this past season, Woodland was well respected as a golfer, but he was never in the conversation of "best without a major," which made his win at the 2019 U.S. Open all the more unexpected. The days of random major winners are long gone and while Woodland had been a productive golfer for a decade on the PGA Tour, not many had him pegged for a major anytime soon. None the less, he did win a major and now he's in a different class. First time major winners can go in any direction however, and it's not clear which direction Woodland will head. One thing is clear though, his number is too high for salary cap consideration this season. Read Past Outlooks
T48 in San Diego
February 2, 2021
Woodland carded a two-under 70 on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open to finish even-par and tied for 48th.
Woodland opened his week at Torrey Pines with a blemish-free 66 that included six birdies to zero bogeys on the North Course, but he played his next 36 holes in a collective eight-over-par to fall well out of contention. He ranked just 67th in SG: Tee-to-Green while hitting only 25 of 56 fairways in regulation. Woodland will look to improve his ball striking at the upcoming Waste Management Phoenix Open where he's posted results of T40-T7-Win since his victory here in 2018.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Gary Woodland
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6 days ago
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25 days ago
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26 days ago
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Yahoo DFS Golf: Farmers Insurance Open
32 days ago
Bryce Danielson suggests turning to Adam Scott if you are utilizing a 'Stars and Scrubs' approach in this week's contests on Yahoo.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Woodland appears at times to have a ton of potential, but after eight years on the PGA Tour, it's pretty clear that Woodland is what he is. He's a solid golfer, who is going to win from time to time, contend often and earn around $3 million per year. Holding Woodland back is his putter as he's just not that good on the greens. He's been decent to awful on the greens throughout his career and after eight years on the PGA Tour, he's not likely to completely figure out putting. As such, it's unlikely that he'll ever see a big bump in earnings during any given season.
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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Returning from back injury at Augusta
November 9, 2020
Woodland (back) is listed in the field for the Masters this week.
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WD with back injury
October 22, 2020
Woodland has withdrawn from the Zozo Championship with a back injury, according to PGA TOUR Communications.
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T57 at WGC-FedEx St. Jude
August 4, 2020
Woodland closed with a one-under 69 on Sunday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to finish two-over and tied for 57th.
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Falters on weekend to finish T22
July 19, 2020
Woodland fell to a share of 22nd place after shooting a five-over 77 in the final round of the Memorial Tournament.
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Bounces back with T5 finish
July 12, 2020
Woodland recorded a three-under 69 on Sunday at the Workday Charity Open to finish 12-under and tied for fifth place.
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