Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
37-Year-Old Golfer
2021–22 Fantasy Outlook
Its been a bit of a fall from Woodland since winning the U.S. Open two summers ago and peaking at 12 in the world, as he started the season with only 4-of-11 made cuts and only one top-40 finish. However, he was able to turn things around with a fifth place finish at the Wells Fargo and three other top-12s since April. Woodland is still driving the ball quite far but his accuracy numbers have gone down significantly. If he can improve a bit in that regard, his iron play is still in solid form where he can win again this season. Read Past Outlooks
Moves inside top-125 in FedExCup standings
July 26, 2021
Woodland carded a one-over 72 on Sunday at the 3M Open to finish 10-under and tied for 11th.
Woodland found himself in a tie for second after three rounds at TPC Twin Cities, but he tallied two bogeys and a double on his front nine alone during Sunday's final round. He ultimately ranked seventh among the field in putts per GIR and 13th in SG: Around-the-Green, but he hit less than 60 percent of the fairways in regulation. Woodland now sits 119th in the FedExCup standings after notching his fifth top-25 of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Woodland has always been a solid player on the PGA Tour, but his 2018-19 season set the bar much higher than he was accustomed to. His 2019-20 season was good, it looked much like most of the other seasons he's had on the PGA Tour, but in comparison to his previous season, it looked like a disappointment. What that season did however was reset the clock on Woodland for salary cap purposes. He's now in-play again in salary cap leagues and should be given some consideration.
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.
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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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.
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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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