Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland
36-Year-Old Golfer
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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
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.
ANALYSIS
Woodland was not a positive fantasy asset from a DFS perspective at TPC Southwind as he tallied only 12 total birdies in 72 holes while losing nearly 4.7 strokes from tee to green. Sparking concerns ahead of a trip to TPC Harding Park for the PGA Championship, Woodland hit just 51 percent of the greens in regulation and ranked T64 in driving accuracy in Memphis. Prior to the SJI, however, he posted results of T22-T5 at the Memorial Tournament and Workday Charity Open.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Gary Woodland
Weekly Preview: U.S. Open
14 days ago
Questions abound this week at famed Winged Foot GC, and Greg Vara is on hand to provide some answers, several of which involve Tyrrell Hatton.
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14 days ago
Matthew Wolff may lack experience in major tournaments, but Bryce Danielson believes the stats make him a golfer to go after in this week's contests on Yahoo.
FanDuel PGA: U.S. Open
15 days ago
Jon Rahm has a lot working in his favor this week, and he finds himself among Ryan Andrade's top options for DFS golf contests on FanDuel.
Betting on Golf: U.S. Open
15 days ago
Golfers without a major victory have won bettors a pretty penny in recent major championships, and Ryan Pohle believes Xander Schauffele could be the latest to do that this week.
DraftKings PGA: U.S. Open
15 days ago
Bryson DeChambeau has not played his best golf of late, but the stats are in his favor, and that earns him a spot among Len Hochberg's picks to click in this week's contests on DraftKings.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
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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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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Loses ground in final round
June 14, 2020
Woodland fell to solo ninth place after shooting an even-par 70 in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.
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Climbs to T8 on Sunday
March 1, 2020
Woodland fired a three-under 67 in the final round of the Honda Classic to surge into a tie for eight place on Sunday.
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Ties for 12th at WGC-Mexico
February 24, 2020
Woodland carded an even-par 71 on Sunday at the WGC-Mexico Championship to finish nine-under and tied for 12th.
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