Woodland wins in Reno
Reno, NV (Sports Network) - Gary Woodland tallied seven points on Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open, where the Modified Stableford scoring system was in place.
Woodland finished 72 holes at Montreux Golf & Country Club with 44 points, securing his second career PGA Tour win and first since 2011 in the process.
"I felt like it was meant to be this week," Woodland said in a televised interview.
Jonathan Byrd totaled a single-day record 18 points in the final round to vault into a tie for second place. He finished with 35 points, alongside Andres Romero, who earned eight final-round points.
Brendan Steele tallied three points and ended in solo fourth with 33 points, while Dicky Pride (eight points) and David Mathis (three points) shared fifth with 32 total points.
Rory Sabbatini earned eight points for the second straight day to end in a tie for seventh with Seung-Yul Noh, who racked up 10 final-round points for a total of 31.
The Modified Stableford scoring system awards eight points for double eagles, five for eagles, two for birdies, zero for pars and subtracts one point for bogeys and three points for double bogey or worse.
Woodland built up a 7-point lead through three rounds, but Byrd threatened that gap on Sunday, as he went out in a bogey-free 31, tallying five birdies for 10 points over that span. He bogeyed the 10th to lose a point, but rebounded with a birdie at the 11th, then earned five points with an eagle-3 at the 13th.
Byrd capped his incredible run with another birdie at the 14th to get within a pair of Woodland, who was even through two holes. But there the threat ended, as Byrd failed to pick up another point, parring out to end with 35.
With Byrd no longer a threat, Woodland comfortably worked his way towards the win.
The 29-year-old birdied the third to get to 39, then parred his next 10 holes.
Byrd was still the closest competitor when Woodland reached the par-4 14th, where he dunked a chip for birdie to reach 41 and open a 6-point cushion.
At the next, Steele, who was playing alongside the leader, birdied to join Byrd in second, but Woodland matched him with a 12-foot birdie to extend the margin to eight points.
"I really played well all week. Yesterday I kind of struggled with ball striking and the short game really saved me. Today I just couldn't get anything to go in the hole and then to get two breaks like that, obviously I rode that momentum," Woodland said of his chip-in at the 14th.
As Romero birdied the last to grab a share of second with 35 points, Steele fell off the pace with back-to-back bogeys from the 16th.
Woodland then comfortably closed out the lead, going par-bogey-birdie over his final three holes to secure his first PGA Tour win since the 2011 Transitions Championship.
NOTES: Woodland secured a spot in next week's PGA Championship with the win ... He earned 300 FedExCup points and moved to 54th in the standings ... Woodland's previous best finish on the tour this season was a tie for 16th, which he accomplished three times, most recently at the AT&T National in late June ... Romero, who is from Argentina, was trying to become the first international champion of this event, which started in 1999 ... This tournament used the Modified Stableford scoring format last year for the first time. It was the first PGA Tour event to use the format since The International in 2006.
08/04 21:46:19 ET