Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
37-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
T14 at Charles Schwab Challenge
May 31, 2021
Woodland fired a three-under 67 on Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish five-under and tied for 14th.
Woodland ranked top-10 among the field at Colonial CC in both SG: Off-the-Tee and GIR percentage, but he also gained just north of 1.8 strokes with the flat stick. He's now placed T14-T38-5 in three starts dating to the Wells Fargo Championship, but Woodland remains outside the top-100 of the FedEx Cup standings. He'll have a chance to ascend this week at the Memorial Tournament where he's made the cut in 8 of 10 career appearances, including a pair of top-10s here in 2011 and 2016.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Gary Woodland
Majors Value Meter: U.S. Open Rankings
Brooks Koepka has owned the U.S. Open in recent years, and that earns him a prominent position in Len Hochberg's latest list of golfers going after a major championship.
Gaming Golf: the Memorial
13 days ago
Jeff Erickson, Jeff Ritter, and Scott Jenstad preview the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club and provide both DFS and wagering advice.
Betting on Golf: the Memorial
13 days ago
Ryan Pohle thinks this could be the week Matt Fitzpatrick picks up his first win on Tour, and he suggests putting some money behind him at the betting window.
DraftKings PGA: the Memorial
13 days ago
Rickie Fowler has started to turn things around, and Len Hochberg believes he will keep the momentum going on a reshaped Muirfield Village track.
Weekly Recap: Kokrak Racks up Another
14 days ago
Jason Kokrak's putter has been hot all season, and he relied on the flat stick again en route to a victory at the Charles Schwab Championship and his second win in 20 starts.
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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Much needed top-five in Charlotte
May 9, 2021
Woodland finished in solo fifth place at the Wells Fargo Championship after shooting an even-par 71 in the final round.
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Ties for sixth at the VTO
April 5, 2021
Woodland fired a three-under 69 on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open to finish nine-under and tied for sixth.
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Returning at Valero Texas Open
March 29, 2021
Woodland (illness) is listed in the field for this week's Valero Texas Open.
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Out for this week's event
March 15, 2021
Woodland withdrew from The Honda Classic, which starts Thursday, after testing positive for COVID-19.
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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.
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